Chelsea legend admits Mourinho is best manager he has played for ‘by a long way’

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Dom Le Roy

Former Chelsea defender, John Terry, has lavished praise on Jose Mourinho ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Villa Park on Sunday.

Terry, who currently serves as Dean Smith’s assistant at Aston Villa, will see his side go up against his former manager in what is a crucial game for Villa’s survival hopes.

Spurs, meanwhile, will look to come away with all three points to keep up the pressure on Chelsea in the race for a spot in the top four.

Mourinho guided Terry’s Chelsea side to a Premier League title when he first arrived in England over 15 years ago after a successful spell with Porto.

The former England captain has now opened up on how the Portuguese coach had the players hanging by his every word and how they were willing to believe anything he said.

Speaking in the new documentary ‘Mourinho’, Terry said (as quoted by the Independent): “When he told us something, that we were going to win 4-0, 5-0, it always happened.

“Always, it was like he could predict the future. When he said we need more champions in the dressing room to become better, I just believed everything he said. Everything he said seemed to happen for us.

“In my career, he has been the best manager by a long way. If he had have said ‘We could have gone to the moon’, I think he would have every player – and I am being serious – going or at least trying.”

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For all the criticism that Mourinho received for his handling of certain players during his previous stint at Manchester United, it is worth remembering that he built a reputation as an excellent man manager during his spells at Porto, Inter and his first spell at Chelsea. However, this generation of players are completely different from John Terry’s and so Jose has had to evolve his man-management style over the years.

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