Jose Mourinho dismisses Steven Gerrard’s claims of Chelsea tension
Jose Mourinho says there is no tension with John Terry, despite Steven Gerrard's claims
Jose Mourinho has rubbished Steven Gerrard’s suggestion that there is a growing rift between the Chelsea manager and his captain John Terry.
Gerrard’s former England team-mate was omitted from Mourinho’s starting line-up for their 4-0 victory over Maccabi Tel-Aviv as goals from Willian, Oscar, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas wrapped up an opening Champions League win.
He is wrong because we have no problems at all
The LA Galaxy midfielder has been drafted into BT Sport’s Champions League punditry team this season, and Gerrard suggested that there must be a developing situation between the Chelsea legends for Terry to be left on the bench.
But Mourinho, who has made no secret of his admiration for Gerrard, dismissed the retired England captain’s remarks out of hand.
“Steven is wrong,” Mourinho told his post-match news conference.
“I like him very much. I have a very good relationship with him. Sometimes we contact [each other] by SMS. I admire him a lot and I think he has the same feeling about myself.
“[But] he is wrong because we have no problems at all.”
Terry was replaced at half-time of Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat by Manchester City at Etihad Stadium earlier this season.
Chelsea lost 3-1 to Everton at Goodison Park in their most recent league fixture ahead of the visit of London rivals Arsenal next Saturday.