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Just as it seemed Chelsea would have to settle for a second successive goalless draw in Europe, the England defender intervened to keep the Blues top of Group A and firmly on course for a place in the second round.
Scolari had warned before the match that his team wouldn't always be able to win with the kind of flowing football that demolished Middlesbrough on Saturday.
The Brazilian insisted he was just as happy to win ugly as he was pleasing the purists. His team proved the point with the kind of gritty victory essential for any trophy-winning campaign.
"I said to my players it would be a tactical game. We needed to be calm and try to get the first goal. After that they opened up and gave more space for us," Scolari said.
"Sometimes 1-0 is more important than 5-0 because we need to respect the opponent. We have only one more game at our home ground and we needed these three points.
"When I was in Portugal and we played against England I was afraid when Terry came into the area for corners.
"Now I am here I say to him I expect him to score goals. It is very good for us."
Roma boss Luciano Spalletti added: "We showed a great attitude. This is something we need to carry on so we get back to the way Roma can play.
"We saw that at times in this match but sometimes we had almost too much of a desire to get forward and we got caught out.
"This performance sets the tone for the way we need to improve over the next few months.
"The only way Chelsea were going to score was from a set-piece or if they created a goal out of nothing."