The love-hate relationship between Jose Mourinho and Chelsea still continues as the former took over another London club Tottenham Hotspurs. During Mourinho’s time at Stamford Bridge, John Terry was the man leading the squad.
Back in 2015, the Portuguese was sacked for the second time by the Blues, and later he joined arch-rivals Manchester United. The relationship started to decline as the Portuguese boss returned to Stamford Bridge as a United manager but former Blues skipper John Terry reveals how emotional it was for them in the first place to sack Mourinho.
After winning the Champions League with Porto, the charismatic Portuguese immediately caught eyeballs of European greats but he chose Stamford Bridge as his next destination. An instant success, record-breaking league win, brilliant run in the Champions League, Mourinho took the footballing circuit of Europe by storm with his squad. And one of the pivotal characters of that squad was former England captain John Terry.
Terry was already there in the Chelsea squad, and the Portuguese couldn’t have asked for a better choice of a defender to build the base of his team. But as they say, all good thing must come to an end, Mourinho’s saga at Stamford Bridge got over in his fourth season. The club parted their ways with the master tactician but John Terry reveals that it was very hard for the group players to cope with that decision.
In a recent interview, he told Sky Sports: “We were all in tears. It was one of those moments where there were whispers going around, we weren’t performing as well, we weren’t doing as well in the league, and then he came in and said: ‘That’s it, I’ve been sacked.’ He went around and gave everyone a hug and a cuddle.
“Full-grown men crying their eyes out. We were thinking: ‘Where do we go from here?’ We had someone like a father figure, guiding us.”
The former England captain also revealed that they even discussed with the board members to change this rash decision but they were rigid and stood with their made decision. His first stint at Chelsea is still considered as one of the best spells in England but a string bad results caused this unfortunate sacking.
Terry also stated how much the Portuguese cared for the individuals outside the pitch. From personal texts to demanding a lot from the promising players, Jose left an immense impact in their lives especially three world-beating players such as Lampard, Drogba, and the captain himself.
The emotional attachment was one of the main reasons for the success they achieved under the Portuguese according to John Terry, and it is quite believable after hearing the backstory behind the departure.