Jose Mourinho launched a surprise broadside at Chelsea supporters following the narrow weekend victory over Queens Park Rangers, claiming a lack of atmosphere has resulted in Stamford Bridge feeling like an ‘empty stadium’.
But one Chelsea fan in particular was not willing to take these comments from the manager lying down, and decided to approach captain John Terry in order to express his irritation at Mourinho’s criticism.
Joe Davies took it upon himself to contact Terry on his official Instagram account, and left a detailed comment explaining what he feels are the reasons for the supposed sterile atmosphere during Chelsea home games.
It was a message sent more in hope than expectation that Terry would respond, but it was something that clearly resonated with the veteran centre-back, who replied to Davies requesting his number so they could discuss his concerns over the phone.
Terry stayed true to his word and later contacted Davies after he had completed training that day, and assured the Chelsea fan that the club are being made aware of ways in which the atmosphere can be improved.
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Davies was also told not to be offended by Mourinho’s comments, with Terry claiming it was a classic example of the Portuguese attempting to provoke a reaction from the fans, just as he does with his players.
Chelsea, meanwhile, meet Maribor in the Champions League on Wednesday evening and will take a significant number of travelling supporters to Slovenia with them.
It was an incredibly one-sided affair when these two teams met in the previous round of fixtures, with Chelsea triumphing 6-0 to reinforce their position at the summit of Group G.
Another victory will be enough to all but confirm Chelsea’s progress into the last 16 of the competition they won in 2012.