Wednesday 28 September 2016

John Terry: Result is a Mourinho masterclass

Published 03/02/2014 | 22:25

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 (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 the opening goal at the Etihad Stadium
Chelsea's Eden Hazard (R) is challenged by Manchester City's Martin Demichelis
Chelsea's Eden Hazard (R) is challenged by Manchester City's Martin Demichelis
Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic (right) celebrates after scoring his goal
Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic (centre) scores the game's opening goal
Manchester City's David Silva reacts after a missed chance
Manchester City's David Silva (L) challenges Chelsea's Willian
Manchester City's David Silva (R) challenges Chelsea's Nemanja Matic
Manchester City's Matija Nastasic (R) challenges Chelsea's Eden Hazard
Chelsea's Manager Jose Mourinho poses for photos with fans as he takes his seat in the dugout
Martin Demichelis of Manchester City and David Luiz of Chelsea compete for the ball
Martin Demichelis of Manchester City battles with Eden Hazard
Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea celebrates scoring the opener
Manuel Pellegrini manager of Manchester City looks on as Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea reacts
Willian of Chelsea attempts an overhead kick
Matija Nastasic of Manchester City tackles Eden Hazard
Chelsea's David Luiz battles for the ball with Manchester City's David Silva
Jesus Navas of Manchester City is closed down by Eden Hazard
Referee Mike Dean points to his foot during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea
Manchester City's David Silva battles for the ball with Chelsea's Willian
Chelsea's Manager Jose Mourinho before kick off against Manchester City
Chelsea's John Terry battles for the ball with Manchester City's Edin Dzeko
Manchester City's manager Manuel Pellegrini reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium
Stevan Jovetic of Manchester City is put under pressure by David Luiz
David Silva of Manchester City looks to break away from Willian
Samuel Eto'o of Chelsea and Matija Nastasic of Manchester City battle for the ball
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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