Chelsea boss José Mourinho reiterates John Terry’s value to Blues

Chelsea manager José Mourinho reiterates John Terry's value to the Portuguese coach's new-look Blues side

Harry Kemble
john terry
John Terry has won three Premier League titles with Chelsea Photo: The Sport Review

José Mourinho has reiterated John Terry’s value to his new-look side ahead of Chelsea’s vital Premier League clash against Fulham on Saturday.

The west London derby has taken on greater importance with Chelsea slumping to three successive defeats, starting with their loss on penalties against Bayern Munich in the European Super Cup, three weeks ago.

And Mourinho insists Terry is an integral part of his defensive set-up compared to last year where his fitness was repeatedly questioned by Blues interim Rafael Benítez.

“I need John Terry. That is why we play four matches in the Premier League and he has played 360 minutes.

“Last year, he wasn’t playing because (Branislav Ivanović) was playing as a central defender. (Terry) wasn’t even selected and he played from the bench. He went from our big captain to having a very bad season last year. This season the picture is completely different.”

Benítez said Terry was in a “vicious” circle after recovering from a knee injury sustained before Christmas.

For the much of the Spaniard’s tenure the club captain featured just once a week, despite a congested fixture list which saw Chelsea play three times every seven days.

But Mourinho pointed to Terry’s game time so far this season to reiterate what role the 32-year-old can expect to play.

“We have three central defenders,” added Mourinho. “Sometimes John (Terry) and Gary (Cahill); David (Luiz) and John but he is the only one out of four matches who has played 360 minutes. He is important for me. “

The former Real Madrid boss went on to describe how Terry was of a different ilk to many top players in that he never complained if he was not selected.

Mourinho is known to be on cordial terms with Chelsea’s old guard, including Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and, of course, Terry.

“Off the pitch I have a fantastic relationship with him. What makes the real difference is when they play and when they don’t play,” he said, speaking at a news conference.

“John, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard are the kind of examples where the manager is the manager and he decides what is best for the team.”

MORE: Get TREBLE the odds on any sports bet. T&Cs apply

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

MORE: Back to The Sport Review homepage

The Sport Review
The ultimate 28 day transformation challenge
The Sport Review
Ballon d’Or 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo and Man Utd stars among top 11 favourites to win award
The Sport Review
Conor McGregor: 31 of the Notorious MMA’s most-memorable Instagram photos
The Sport Review
Man United WAGs: Meet Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and David De Gea’s girlfriends
The Sport Review
Roberto Firmino: 25 photos of the Liverpool forward’s stunning wife
The Sport Review
Chelsea player wages 2016: Can you guess how much each Chelsea player earns?
The Sport Review
Philippe Coutinho: 27 photos of Liverpool playmaker’s stunning wife
The Sport Review
Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature in Premier League’s top-10 most-error prone players
The Sport Review
Jamie Redknapp delivers verdict on Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Tottenham
The Sport Review
Stan Wawrinka gets first Basel win in five years – beating valiant fellow Swiss Chiudinelli