Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has praised his veteran captain John Terry after his side’s 2-0 win against Stoke City stretched the Blues’ lead at the top of the Premier League table to three points going into Christmas.
Terry opened the scoring with a typical header from a corner kick, with Cesc Fabregas doubling the lead later on, keeping chasing Manchester City at a distance going into the festive period.
Fabregas was one of Chelsea’s lauded signings in the summer months, but Terry was the one who set them on their way to a win, bagging a goal after only two minutes played.
It was Terry’s first goal this season for the Stamford Bridge club.
Mourinho said: “When I came back here, his career was in a bit of trouble and was a bit up and down. But, for me, he’s as at the same level as 2004-07 and that’s because he’s happy and confident about where he is which makes things easier.
“He knows I trust him and he adapts well to our training methods and that’s why he is playing so well.
“The goal gave us a great start. John is very dangerous from set pieces. But more important than the goal is the way he has been playing this season. He has been immense.”
Mourinho’s troops have lost only one game this season – away from home against Newcastle United, a game they lost 2-1.
There is talk that they could be potential quadruple winners, with the Portuguese manager’s side still competing well on all four fronts.