LONDON (Reuters) – Former England captain John Terry is performing as well in central defence as he was a decade ago, according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
Terry scored for the second time in five days when his first-half goal, the 61st of his club career, paved the way for Premier League leaders Chelsea to beat London rivals West Ham United 2-0 on Friday.
Just as pleasingly for Mourinho, the 34-year-old gave a masterclass in the art of defending as he subdued West Ham’s in-form striker Andy Carroll.
“He is full of confidence,” Mourinho told reporters after Chelsea kept up their 100 per cent home record in the league this season to stay three points clear at the top.
“I see my John of 2004, 2005 and 2006, I don’t see any difference. The only difference is seeing his twins when they go to the training ground, they had only just been born in that period but now they are running around and kicking balls.