Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea captain John Terry is on his way back to his best form, having recovered his self-esteem and with his troubles behind him, writes the
Terry, 32, has appeared regularly under Mourinho, having started all seven of Chelsea’s Premier League fixtures this season.
Mourinho believes Terry’s tumble, which involved problems on and off the field with Anton Ferdinand and England captaincy, is now behind him and the cetnre-back is back on track.
“He’s recovering his self-esteem,” Mourinho said. “In the last few years he was not playing a lot, he had problems on the pitch, he had problems outside the pitch, he had suspensions for different reasons, he had injuries, he had managers who didn’t trust him enough. And it looked like his career was going in the wrong direction.
“Even I was questioning, from far away, what was happening: physical problems, psychological problems, what is going on? I’m happy he’s proving he’s still a top player.”
With Terry now 32-years-old, questions were raised regarding the defender’s future following his retirement from international football, but Mourinho insists Terry has plenty more years left in him. “He plays in a position where age doesn’t make a huge difference,It’s a position where players rely more on positioning, on reading the game and being in the right place at the right time. Experience helps.
“Look at how many top teams have experienced players at centre-half: Barcelona and Carles Puyol; Manchester United and Rio Ferdinand; Jamie Carragher at Liverpool was playing until last season and was important.”
The manager continued: “You go to many clubs, top clubs, and central defenders are 30 to 34. John is proving his quality. With what he did at Chelsea in the last decade, I think he deserves to be back on track.”
Mourinho and Terry were both part of the club when Chelsea lifted the Premier League trophy back in 2005, but more recently Terry was accused of abusing Anton Ferdinand and was hit with a four-game ban following the incident at Loftus Road.
Chelsea host newly promoted Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and currently sit third in the Premier League table.
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