By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
John Terry has slammed as “ridiculous” claims that a Chelsea first-teamer would rather lose than win under Jose Mourinho.
The long-standing Blues skipper insisted that any player who uttered those words “wouldn’t get out of the dressing room”.
The astonishing claim was made by BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Garry Richardson, who said on Sunday that one first-teamer had spoken of preferring defeat to a Mourinho-managed victory.
“If player said that [they would rather lose than win for Mourinho] they wouldn’t get out of the dressing room,” Terry said: “It is ridiculous. In my whole football career I’ve never heard a player come out with those words.”
Terry was effusive in his praise of Mourinho and compared him favourably to all the other managers he has played under, including Carlo Ancelotti, Guus Hiddink, Rafael Benitez, Andre Villas-Boas, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Fabio Capello and Sven Goran-Erikssen.
“In all aspects he is by far the best manager I have worked with,” Terry observed. “I’m sure we will turn this around.
“There’s no what ifs. That’s the only way I’m thinking. I’m adamant he will be in charge for the rest of the season and long after I’ve been at the football club.”
Speaking at a press conference today ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League clash against Dynamo Kiev, Terry also claimed that the blame for the team’s wretched results should be laid at the doors of the players, and not under-fire Mourinho.
“He’s under pressure because the way we are performing,” observed the defender. “Once we step over the white line it’s out of his hands.
“We know we need to be better. As an individual he will front you guys and accept responsibility after games.
“We are prepared to fight and anyone who has seen our results will have seen that. The players are 100 per cent behind the manager. We are together. Collectively us as players, the club, the fans, we will bounce back from this and we’ll climb up that table. I’m sure of that.”
Chelsea are rooted in 15th in the Premier League after losing six of their 11 matches in the competition this season.
“Results speak for themselves – the league table doesn’t lie,” observed Terry. “We don’t want to be in this position in a couple of weeks.
“There’s no worse feeling when you lose. I was supposed to see Frank after the game at the weekend but I went home instead.”