Chelsea captain John Terry has this week revealed that a phone call with Jose Mourinho upon his return saved his career after he endured a tough season under Rafa Benitez.
Terry and Mourinho enjoyed a successful period together between 2004-2007 where they won two league titles and several domestic cups, but the 12/13 season was difficult for the former England skipper.
However, many had written Terry’s career over after Rafa Benitez convinced the public that the defender was unable to play two games in a matter of days, and he was therefore never able to prove his consistency.
“He knows what buttons to press. He knows what makes me tick,” Terry told The Sun.
“And when he came back this time, I got that little phone call saying ‘I need you to hit the ground running. People have written you off’.”
That phone call meant an awful lot to the Chelsea man, giving him instant belief in his own abilities and Terry believes that is what makes Jose Mourinho the best manager in the world.
Since Mourinho’s return, it is difficult to determine which period under the Portuguese boss has been Terry’s best, the 34 year old continuing to display the form which places him among the best defenders in world football.