Terry backs Mourinho to turn things around

Chelsea skipper John Terry took a swipe at former Wales international and controversial television pundit Robbie Savage for the latter’s criticism of the London club this season, and also backed under-fire manager Jose Mourinho to turn things around for the club.

Chelsea's John Terry during the press conference at the club's training ground in Cobham on Tuesday.   -  Reuters

Chelsea skipper John Terry took a swipe at former Wales international and controversial television pundit Robbie Savage for the latter’s criticism of the London club this season, and also backed under-fire manager Jose Mourinho to turn things around for the club. Addressing the media on the eve of their Champions league against Dynamo Kiev at the club’s training ground in Cobham, the former England captain conceded the individual performances have been below-par this season. That being said, he took exception to criticism of certain pundits.

“I’ve come under criticism individually from certain players, individuals I’ve looked up to and played alongside..

“I’ll take that on the chin 100 per cent from the likes of Rio (Ferdinand), Carra (Jamie Carragher) and (Gary) Neville, we’re talking about the very best I’ve come across in the game.

“I’ll sit there, listen, take it all in and try to improve. I don’t take that in a negative way.

I’ve come under criticism individually from certain players, individuals I’ve looked up to and played alongside. I’ll take that on the chin 100 per cent from the likes of Rio (Ferdinand), Carra (Jamie Carragher) and (Gary) Neville, we’re talking about the very best I’ve come across in the game. 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, nah,” the Chelsea skipper was quoted by the club’s website as saying.

The Welshmen has been vocally critical in his assessment of the club and especially their current longest-serving player. In August Savage wrote a column for the Daily Mirror where he suggested the Blues stalwart must admit that he was reaching the beginning of the end of his illustrious career.

On Wednesday Chelsea host Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge in a crucial encounter. If their poor run continues, Chelsea could be on the brink of elimination.

The skipper is backing manager Mourinho to turn things around with his job on the line.

“We realise where we are in the league, where we are in the Champions League group,” he said. “At the minute the responsibility lies with us, not the manager, with us as players.

“We will bounce back from this and we will climb up that league table, I’m sure of that.”

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