Writer: HGH Magic
Date:Saturday December 7 2013
But he`s back as good as ever!
Former England captain and Chelsea "Captain, Leader, Legend", John Terry, turns 33 today; and ahead of the Stoke City clash at The Britannia Stadium later this afternoon Mourinho has spoken out on how he had to literally rebuild Terry's confidence and self-esteem which was at its lowest ebb upon his return to the club from Real Madrid in the summer owing to his predecessor's baffling marginalisation of the classy centre back.
"Yes I had to remind him of his importance to the club when I came in because his self-esteem was a bit affected in relation to last season," Mourinho said.
"He was a little affected, feeling in a quiet way pain over the doubts about him.
"I'm not here to give him something he doesn't deserve, but I told him if he worked hard from day one, he would play more than last season. He's doing well, behaving well and working well."
Obviously, so far Mourinho and JT have kept their parts of the bargain to the letter, seeing as the latter has already played as many league matches as he did throughout the acrimonious Rafa Benitez interim reign, which is a clear indication of the managerial acumens of the two coaches, the chasm in man-management skills; and an indictment of sorts on the fatter one of the two!
Quizzed further on the birthday boy's longevity in the game, The Special One refused to put a time frame on when he thinks JT should retire.
"At John's age players can reach a level of stability when they remain the same - 33, 34, 35, 36," he intimated.
"I look at [Inter Milan full-back] Javier Zanetti in 2008 and in 2012 and he's the same. Other guys are not the same from one season to the next for some reason.
"Players have to enjoy themselves and play with the same ambition. They have to enjoy the moment and not be worried about one more or one less pound in their contract."
Vintage Mourinho, you'd say. But do you think Terry deserves the game time and the 'untouchable' status he's currently enjoying this term?
Or perhaps, in some weird way, you reckon the Fat One was spot on attempting to retire Captain, Leader, Legend amidst the national cacophony of calls for his return to the Three Lions set-up; albeit prematurely?
Whatever you say though, lest I forget, here at Vital Chelsea we wish our Captain Fantastic a happy birthday ... and many happy returns from The Britannia.
Date:Saturday December 7 2013
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