Tuesday, November 03, 2015

We Are 100% Behind Mourinho - John Terry

Chelsea captain, John Terry has made it clear that he and his teammates are solidly behind under-pressure manager, Jose Mourinho despite their present predicament. He also denied recent reports that a Chelsea player had sworn to rather lose than play for the coach.

Speaking ahead of Chelsea's Wednesday clash against Dynamo Kiev, Terry had this to say:
‘We’ve seen in the last two or three days ridiculous stories about what’s happening within the club and within the dressing room. I can assure you now the players are 100 per cent behind the manager.

‘We’re together and anyone who’s been at the last four or five games of ours will have seen a turn in the way we’re playing. We hold our hands up and in the first part of the season we weren’t good enough, but in the last four games we’ve been extremely unlucky not to come away with a couple of wins.

‘I’m sure we’re on the up and we will turn things around. Being together is the most important thing and we’ll stay together in that dressing room.’

John Terry also confessed that the players should take the blame and not the coach. He noted that he is aware that his performances have been below par.

‘He’s under pressure because of the way we’re performing,’ stated the defender. ‘He can do all the work he wants on the training field and in team meetings but once we step over that white line it's out of his hands a little bit.

'It’s on us and collectively we know we need to be better, for this football club and for him.

‘As an individual he’ll come and front you guys (the media) after games and take a lot of the responsibility, which is unfair. We are prepared to fight and anyone who’s been at the games can see that in the way we’ve reacted and responded.

‘I’ve known him a long time and he’s always been the same. He’s very demanding and he wants the players to win, even on the training field. He’s really disappointed and devastated after results and he takes a lot of that responsibility on his own shoulders, which is him all over, taking it away from the players because we’re the ones who haven’t been good enough.

‘Collectively, us as players, him, the fans and everybody at the club, we will bounce back and climb up the table, I’m sure of that.’

While speaking about ex-footballers turned soccer pundits who criticize him, Terry said he has no problems with the criticisms as he learns from them. He however warned that criticism from the likes of Robbie Savage who achieved little or nothing in their playing days means nothing to him.

‘I’ve come under criticism individually from certain players, individuals I’ve looked up to and played alongside, and I’ll take that on the chin 100 per cent from the likes of Rio (Ferdinand), (Jamie) Carragher and (Gary) Neville, we’re talking about the very best I’ve come across in the game,’ he explained.

‘I’ll sit there, listen, take it all in and try to improve. I don’t take that in a negative way. When certain other people speak, maybe not, maybe I don’t listen or take it on the chin from players who haven’t had a career or have played at a really bad level and then come for me after what I’ve achieved in my career, Robbie Savage being one. He’s done it a couple of times. I’ll take it all day long from the very best but other people, no.’

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