Chelsea FC recorded victory after two devastating losses when they thrashed Maccabi Tel-Aviv 4-0 at Stamford Bridge in their Champions League Group stage match. The Blues manager Jose Mourinho lauded the performance of his newly discovered star Ruben Loftus-Cheek but strongly denied claims suggesting that John Terry was left out of the matchday squad because of a rift between the manager and the team captain.
“He’s potentially a very good player, but we have to feed these young players and choose the right moment.”
“Steven is wrong. I have a very good relationship with him. Sometimes we contact by SMS [text message]. But he’s wrong, because we have no problems.”
Chelsea who have not had a fantastic start to their new season so far seemed to have found the missing key when they overpowered the Israeli side Maccabi Tel-Aviv with the Londoners claiming a 4-0 victory and also a missed penalty by Eden Hazard which could mean they would have won by 5 goals or maybe even more.
The whole scheme seemed to have lain with manager Jose Mourinho as he made changes to the starting XI that lost at the weekend to Everton at Goodison Park bringing Chelsea academy graduate Ruben Loftus-Cheek into the first team in the midfield.
The 21-year-old seemed to have been the missing part of Mourinho’s puzzle as he dazzled on the night.
However, fans will not be happy with Mourinho’s treatment of the team captain John Terry so far and Mourinho denies any rift between him and the player but fans will find this hard to believe since John Terry was subbed at half-time in the Blues’ 3-0 defeat against Manchester City earlier in the season.
Terry was again dropped from the Champions League match and this is starting to look like typical Mourinho style punishment for an erring player.
If these rumors are true and there is indeed a rift between Mourinho and John Terry, it might spell doom, not for the player but for Mourinho himself as these players will definitely back their co-player against a manager who might leave anytime soon and for someone like John Terry who has served Chelsea the longest in the present squad, the fans and management might easily support him over Mourinho, especially knowing Mourinho’s history with player tretaments.
Instead of fighting players, the manager should sit himself and think of what to do to get the team out of this terrible lurch they have found themselves.