Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that, following his return to England last summer, he did not recognise John Terry as one the most important members of his squad, reports The Daily Express.
The returning Special One has resurrected the 33-year-old after he warmed the bench for much of the second half of last season under interim boss Rafael Benitez – however Mourinho did not foresee the ever-present role he would play in his new look Blues side.
“I was not expecting him still to be the best. Not after the season he had last year. But to me he is still the best centre back in England. I trust John and he trusts me,” said the 50-year-old.
Terry has donned the captain’s armband for Chelsea in every single Premier League match so far this campaign and surely continue to reassure Mourinho of his lasting quality as he leads his side out in blockbuster clash away at Manchester City tonight.
The former England skipper has never been known to shy away from a gritty challenge; and City will certainly provide one for him and his defensive colleagues should they continue their lethal form in front of goal.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men have already found the net on 68 occasions in the Premier League this term, but Mourinho has asserted his desire not to sit back against the most dominating side in England.
“I don’t know if teams don’t attack City, or they can’t. Maybe they can’t,” he pondered.
“I want to attack them. I can tell you that. But after ten minutes, people might say I’m not attacking. If I don’t, it’s because I can’t.”
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