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Thursday 21 August 2014

John Terry: Result is a Mourinho masterclass

Published 03/02/2014 | 22:25

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Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic (right) scores his teams first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match against Chelsea at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic (right) scores his teams first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match against Manchester City at The Etihad Stadium
Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic celebrates scoring his teams 1st goal against Manchester City, during the Barclays Premier League match at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic celebrates scoring the opening goal at the Etihad Stadium
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03:  A Man City fan holds up a banner during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on February 3, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
A Man City fan holds up a banner during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea

Chelsea captain John Terry hailed a Jose Mourinho masterclass as the key to their 1-0 win over Barclays Premier League title rivals Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

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Branislav Ivanovic's solitary strike means Mourinho's side are now well and truly in the hunt for league honours, level with second-placed City and only two points behind Arsenal.

Mourinho's methods may come in for criticism but he does know how to set up a team to get a result, something which Terry hailed following the victory for the Blues.

When asked if the result told the story of a Mourinho masterclass, Terry told Sky Sports 1: "Very much so. This is where he comes into his own.

"We spent a couple of days working on their strengths and weaknesses.

"After the disappointment of dropping two points against West Ham it was important to come here and bounce back.

"In the first 15 minutes they were very good and made it difficult. We showed a lot of character. Overall we were very sold and happy for the win."

Terry also believes that Monday night's victory over City - who failed to get on the scoresheet tonight in a season that has so far seen them almost score at will - could give other teams confidence against Manuel Pellegrini's side.

"They've been phenomenal scoring goals and turning teams over," Terry added.

"It was important not just for us but for other teams, showing that they can be beaten."

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