Terry: Jose’s first Chelsea sides better than Pep’s City

Date published: Tuesday 19th December 2017 11:20

Former Chelsea captain John Terry claims that Jose Mourinho’s first teams in English football were better than Pep Guardiola’s current Manchester City side.

City are currently on course to break Premier League points and goals records but Terry still believes he has played in better teams under Mourinho.

Chelsea won the Premier League title in 2004/05 by 12 points and conceded just 15 goals in 38 games; the following year they won the title again by eight points.

City have won 17 of their 18 games this season but when asked which team could beat them, Terry had a predictable answer.

“I would say 2004-05 or 2005-06, those first two sides when Mourinho arrived at the club,” he told Sky Sports.

“We were never afraid to say: ‘They’ll have more possession than us,’ but we were set, comfortable. The full-backs would always go up the pitch, and Makelele would always sit, which was great for us centre-backs.

“But we had great legs, great power, and we had the big man up front. Didier made such a difference. We had that ball into Didier, and he could hold it up, with the runners off him and Lampard would be box-to-box game after game.”

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