Terry credits Mourinho for strong Chelsea start
Thursday 12 September 2013
Chelsea captain John Terry has praised the togetherness engendered by Jose Mourinho, Sky Sports has reported, with the defender believing that team spirit is why the Blues have so far gone unbeaten in the Premier League.
Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge this summer after leaving Real Madrid, almost six years after his first spell in west London came to an end. Mourinho claimed two league titles and a smattering of domestic trophies during his initial tenure as Chelsea manager, and forged a strong bond between the players in his squad. Terry believes it is a hallmark of the Portuguese that is being seen again today.
“We are looking fit and very much together - and Jose brings that,” Terry said. “It is us against everyone else and I think that is what made us when he was here before and we are very much in the same mould again.”
Terry has been restored to something approaching first choice under Mourinho, having appeared to fall down the pecking order while Rafael Benitez took interim charge of the club for most of last season. Terry was also the captain who lifted the title under Mourinho previously, and praised the manager’s ability to make players feel appreciated regardless of their stature at the club.
“His man-management is excellent and he makes people want to play for him,” Terry added. “He has it spot on. If there was a managerial manual, he would tick every box. We are delighted to have him back.
“He has come home and all the players feel the same. Hopefully what we know about Jose and what Jose knows about the Premier League will make the difference in the title race.”
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