John Terry issues backing for under-fire Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Chelsea captain John Terry rallies behind under-pressure manager Jose Mourinho
John Terry has issued his backing for under-fire Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
The defending Premier League champions were unable to conjure a winner in Ukraine on Tuesday night as Chelsea were held to a frustrating goalless stalemate with Dynamo Kyiv.
The west London side are in 12th place in the Premier League and 10 points behind current leaders Manchester City after winning just three of their opening nine top-flight games.
We’ve got a great squad of players. More importantly we’ve still got the best manager in the world
Blues skipper Terry was reported to have fallen out with the out-spoken Portuguese coach earlier this season, although the 34-year-old has recovered his first-team place in recent weeks.
Speaking to Chelsea’s website after their Champions League draw, the former England international hailed Mourinho as the best manager in the world.
“The win at the weekend felt unbelievable in the dressing room afterwards,” Terry told Chelsea TV.
“It had been a few weeks, but when they come about it was nice. We want that feeling week after week again, put ourselves on a run of games and that’s what we’re trying to do.
“We are a great side and we will get there with the hunger and the ambition that is in the squad.
“You don’t win trophies year after year without that hunger in the belly. We are collectively together, the players, the manager and the fans and we will be all right.
“When the chips are down, I’d take this squad over any. I know the players very well. I’ve been in this situation before, I’ve seen it happen.”
Terry continued: “We’ve got a great squad of players. More importantly we’ve still got the best manager in the world.
“Everyone’s fully behind him. There’s stories and this and that and everything else, but believe me everyone’s together. The fans were unbelievable again at the weekend, so I thank them.
“They’re going to be pivotal in our comeback and our climb up the table. Urging them to continue and believe in the players, because I certainly do.”
Terry has started six of the champions’s nine Premier League games this season.
The Blues face a tricky trip to London rivals West Ham United in their next game on Saturday.