When Chelsea emerged from the tunnel for the second half of their clash against Manchester City, Chelsea captain and long serving captain and defensive veteran, John Terry stepped out and took a place on the bench as Kourt Zouma took his place on the field and Ivanovic took over the captains arm band.
A few fans were left dumbfounded by the Portuguese manager’s decision to take off John Terry after the first half with Chelsea already trailing by one goal to nil as Chelsea conceded another two goals and ended up losing the game 3-0. Speculations about an injury to the England international began to circulate but when quizzed about his decision to take Terry off, Mourinho told the press that it was a tactical decision. “John Terry [had no injury]. It was just a decision. I know that Kurt Zouma is the fastest defender Chelsea have,” the Portuguese told Sky Sports. Mourinho went on to defend his decision to take off Terry despite his tactics being unable to turn the game around “I left him out because, tactically, I had to make a change. Sometimes you are right and sometimes you are wrong but I think I was right. We controlled the counterattack completely afterwards. My decision was proven right. Mourinho said.
Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho were on target for Manchester City as Mourinho’s side went down 3-0 at the Etihad stadium, leaving Mourinho’s men without a win so far in the Barclays Premier league.