John Terry explains how Jose Mourinho used transfer comments to push Chelsea players
Chelsea legend John Terry has told the story where Jose Mourinho challenged him and Gary Cahill after a bad training session.
Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge for a second spell in 2013.
Some of the players who worked with him before were still the squad, including Terry, Frank Lampard and Petr Cech.
Mourinho notoriously sets a high standard during training sessions and the Portuguese manager made sure he set an example using the more experienced players, especially his captain Terry.
Speaking to snooker legend Stephen Hendry in an Instagram Live, Terry explained how Mourinho stuck with his standard even after winning the Premier League title.
The Aston Villa assistant manager said (as quoted by Metro): “We won the league and came back pre-season, first day, me and Gary Cahill kept giving the ball away.
“He stopped the session, we’d just signed Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa, a couple of others.
“He said, ‘You two, I’ll go and spend £100m on a couple of other centre-backs if you keep giving the ball away.’ We looked at each other and thought, ‘Oh wow’.”
Although the way Mourinho pushed his players in training was unusual, it worked. Terry said it raised the tempo in the training session and “everyone’s kicking lumps out of each other”.
Terry then said Jose changed his tone right after the session, saying: “After training he came and put his arm round us both and said, ‘That’s why you’ll be starting this season.’
“He just knew exactly what he was doing, he was four steps ahead of everyone else.”
It is not surprising Terry said most players had good relationships with Mourinho, but were also “petrified” of him at the same time.