Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho gave captain John Terry an extended hug after watching his side secure a 2-0 victory over London rivals Arsenal in the Premier League today.
The Blues chief left his skipper out of the side to take on the Gunners, instead placing him on the bench for the showdown.
And his high-profile decision appeared to pay off as the Blues managed to keep a clean sheet while French centre-back Kurt Zouma opened the scoring in front of the Stamford Bridge faithful.
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The 34-year-old, who secured himself a place in the Premier League Team of the Year last term, has endured a tricky start to the campaign in west London, but he will be determined to prove his credentials sooner rather than later.
Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard recently claimed there is friction between Mourinho and Terry, but, despite Mourinho's decision to keep his captain on the bench, all seems well between the pair.
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It would be foolish to write Terry off at this stage. He may well be approaching his 35th birthday, but he was arguably the best defender in England's elite division last season.
Chelsea will only improve throughout the course of the campaign and Terry will no doubt continue to inspire the side in their pursuit of retaining their Premier League crown. Mourinho's skipper will be working hard to prove his early season critics wrong.
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