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John Terry back on track - Mourinho

Terry is proving his quality (©GettyImages)
Terry is proving his quality (©GettyImages).

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has insisted that Chelsea captain John Terry is getting back to his best, reports The Guardian

The last few years have been tough for Terry - the Chelsea captain has had the England captaincy stripped off him twice and the whole Anton Ferdinand affair resulted in suspension. He was suspended for the 2012 UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich and just to top it off, Terry has also suffered plenty of niggling injuries.

But now, with Jose Mourinho's return, the defender looks to be getting back to somewhere near his best.

The Portuguese tactician told The Guardian how Terry has started to regain his confidence, as he said: "He's recovering his self-esteem.

"In the last few years he was not playing a lot, he had problems on the pitch, he had problems outside the pitch, he had suspensions for different reasons, he had different injuries, he had managers who didn't trust him enough. And it looked like, at a certain moment, his career was going in a different direction.

"Even I was questioning, from far away, what was happening to this guy: physical problems, psychological problems, what is going on?"

The Chelsea skipper had a mixed relationship with former boss Rafa Benitez and was not afraid to hold back on how he felt about the ordeal. Terry featured just 14 times last season for the Blues but has already played seven times in this campaign.

Terry won the Premier League twice (2004/05, 2005/06) when Mourinho was previously in charge. The former Real Madrid boss believes the 32-year-old can recapture his best form, with age and experience being Terry's advantage rather than a hindrance.

"I'm happy he's proving he's still a top player." He said. "He plays in a position where age doesn't make a huge difference. It's a position where players rely more on positioning, on reading the game, and being in the right place at the right time.

"Experience helps. Look at how many top teams have experienced players at centre-half: go to Barcelona and Carles Puyol is there; go to Manchester United and there's Rio Ferdinand; Jamie Carragher at Liverpool was playing until last season and was important for them. You go to many clubs and top clubs and central defenders are 30 to 34.

"John is proving his quality. With what he did at Chelsea in the last decade, I think he deserves to be back on track."

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