JOSE MOURINHO taught John Terry the rules of football that even referees didn’t know.
The Chelsea legend revealed he learned a lot from the Portuguese at Stamford Bridge and recalled a clever game management that saw Terry having to correct the referee.
Terry, 41, played under Mourinho in both of the 59-year-old’s tenures at Chelsea.
And the ambitious former defender recalled a special nugget he picked up from now-Roma boss Mourinho that showed his attention to detail.
Terry, now youth manager at Cobham, told the Times last year: “When Jose Mourinho first came to Chelsea he was there at 8am, put out the cones, put down the balls and made sure there were drinks, the bibs are lined.
“I took notes about what he said in team meetings, what he did in training sessions. I learned so much from him.
“These are things you pick up from top managers like Mourinho.
“He always said to me and Gaz [Gary Cahill]with five minutes to go, if we win 1-0 and the cross comes in, they both go for the header but both go down afterwards.
“If you both go down, you don’t have to leave the field. Gaz and I didn’t know that rule.
“So this cross comes in, we go up for a header, we both go down, the referee blows the whistle and I was like, ‘Are you alright Gaz?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Stay down.’
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“The referee comes over, ‘You both have to leave the field’. ‘No, you don’t have to, that’s the rule.’
“The referee says, ‘Yes, you’re right.’ Mourinho was so far ahead of the game the clock was ticking down you can win it or lose it.
Terry won 15 trophies with Chelsea and 78 caps for England, with Mourinho’s no-nonsense style being the driving force behind many of these.
But there were times when the Special One ordered its players to abandon their pragmatic ways on the pitch.
World Cup pundit Terry told BeIn Sports yesterday: “[Jose’s mantra?] Just win. He didn’t care how he could gain a small advantage.
“He was so ahead with those small margins, the best managers find those margins.
“He didn’t need to [3-0 or 4-0] But there were times when he asked certain teams, Spurs was one of them, he would go and kill and they, go and make them suffer today.
“‘Make it five, six, seven, eight. Let ’em know Chelsea’s here.
“But as players on the pitch, we thought, ‘No, we’ll take that, I want the clean sheet bonus!'”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6860431/chelsea-john-terry-jose-mourinho-tactics-rule-revealed/ Jose Mourinho taught Chelsea legend John Terry the little-known rule that referees didn’t even know they were supposed to be watching games