Chelsea captain hails Mourinho's impact

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Chelsea captain John Terry believes that Jose Mourinho is beginning to instil a unity and team spirit at Stamford Bridge that will make the Blues strong contenders to reclaim the Premier League title this season.

Mourinho's second spell in West London has started strongly, with Chelsea winning two of their first three Premier League games and earning a point against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the other match.

Terry believes that the Portuguese coach's previous experience of winning trophies at the highest level gives him the edge over Chelsea's title rivals, while sharing that he is fast installing a togetherness in the dressing room that has been lacking at times in recent seasons.

He told The Mirror after playing in Stan Petrov's fund-raiser for leukaemia research: "We are looking fit and very much together and Jose brings that It is us against everyone else and I think that is what made us when he was here before and we are very much in the same mould again.

"His man-management is excellent and he makes people want to play for him. He has it spot on. If there was a managerial manual he would tick every box. We are delighted to have him back.

"He has come home and all the players feel the same. Hopefully what we know about Jose and what Jose knows about the Premier League will make the ­difference in the title race.”

The Blues are back in Premier League action this weekend with a tricky trip to face Everton at Goodison Park, in a match which could see summer signings Willian and Samuel Eto'o make their Chelsea debuts.

Terry has been ever-present for Chelsea so far this season, returning to central defence after finding himself with a reduced role last season under interim coach Rafael Benitez.

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