John Terry Reveals How Intense A José Mourinho Training Session Is

John Terry Reveals How Intense A José Mourinho Training Session Is
Dec 19, 2017

Chelsea News

Former Chelsea captain John Terry has opened up on life under José Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, including the standards the former Blues boss set at training.

Terry, now Aston Villa captain, appeared on Monday Night Football as Everton ran out as 3-1 winners against Paul Clement’s Swansea side.

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“He [Mourinho] was the best manager, and the best coach as well. He did everything,” the 37-year-old revealed.

“He was the first one to come and revolutionise it at Chelsea. He would be the first in, at 8am, he’d be the one setting the cones out, and you’d come in as players and he’d be out there, if it was pouring with rain, getting his session organised.”

“He brought three young boys in as ball boys, every time the ball went out of play we had a ball back in instantly, and if that was a bad pass or a bad roll from one of his staff, he would stop the session and go absolutely berserk at one of his staff.”

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“And to a point, it was pretty embarrassing for them, but his standards were so high, and he demanded from everyone. The players, staff, people inside the medical team, everyone at the football club. He was on everything. His intensity and attention to detail was incredible,” Terry added.

The Englishman won three Premier League titles under Mourinho during two different spells at Chelsea and he still recalls the first training session the Portuguese coach’s first training session at Chelsea.

“He 100 percent changed the way I thought about football,” admitted Terry. “In his first session, the lads came in and we thought: ‘Wow, that’s a proper session’. It was pre-season, and the first thing he said was to get the balls out. And for our generation, it was unheard of to get footballs out in the first pre-season session.”

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“He said you never see a pianist running around a piano, you see a pianist work on the piano. But we probably covered more distance with the ball than we would have done without it. Psychologically, he had us.”

“He was the same in the second spell. The intensity, his presence. You felt it there, if someone was messing about in the warm-up, or kicking the ball when he was speaking, he’d say: ‘When I speak the ball stays still, you listen to me.’ He was the boss.”

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