Chelsea captain John Terry has given Blues fans an insight into Jose Mourinho's full range of half-time team talks, which range from words of wisdom to flipping tables if his players aren't delivering the goods.
Terry clearly thrives under Mourinho's leadership, arguably playing at a standard this season that's comparable to any other high point in his 15 years in the Chelsea first-team.
Mourinho gets the best out of Terry by keeping him under the constant pressure of earning a new one-year contract, but the Blues skipper has revealed that his methods are very different depending on the player and personality he's dealing with.
Mourinho remains hard to gauge
In an interview with The Sun the 34-year-old admitted that things are still unpredictable when it comes to Mourinho's motivational methods in the middle of matches, even after all these years.
Terry said: "Sometimes you’re losing a game at half-time, which doesn’t happen often at this club, and you expect to come in and get a rollicking. But you come in and the manager is calm, collected — the complete opposite.
Terry is still loving life at Stamford Bridge
"Then other times you’ll be winning two or three-nil and you’ll come in happy at half-time and he’ll go ballistic.
“Tables will go over, bottles of water will go flying. You think, ‘Where’s that come from?’
“But you go out for the second half and win the game 5-0 rather than scraping through 3-1, 3-2.”
No reason to think next season will be Terry's last
Chelsea confirmed the inevitable and got Terry to pen his latest contract extension earlier this week, but on current form the veteran has plenty left to offer Chelsea and is well worth considering a first-team fixture for two more seasons at least.
Terry has consistently shown it's wrong to write him off, making a turbulent time under unpopular caretaker Rafael Benitez in 2013 a distant memory.
Mourinho would be right to plan for life without a club legend moving forward and Kurt Zouma's arrival is surely part of the plan, but there's plenty time for Chelsea to wait for Terry's long-term successor thanks to a driven captain who has no plans to retire anytime soon.
Chelsea fans, how impressed have you been with Terry again this season? Does Mourinho's unpredictable approach surprise you at all? Let us know in the comment box below!
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