Chelsea captain John Terry believes manager Jose Mourinho has instilled a unity in the dressing room that will drive the club’s Premier League title challenge.
Mourinho’s side face Everton at Goodison Park today as they attempt to extend an impressive start that has delivered two home victories and a valuable point at Manchester United.
Victory over Roberto Martinez’s side will move the Blues to the head of the early league table, one point above Liverpool, who travel to Swansea City 48 hours later.
And it already seems clear that the atmosphere around the club has been transformed from last season, when interim coach Rafael Benitez failed to appease sections of fans despite guiding Chelsea to success in the Europa League.
“We are looking fit and very much together and Jose brings that,” Terry said. “It is us against everyone else, and I think that is what made us when he was here before and we are very much the same again.
“His man-management is excellent and he makes people want to play for him. He has it spot-on. “If there was a managerial manual, he would tick every box. We are delighted to have him back. He has come home and all the players feel the same.”
Terry shares his manager’s belief that there are no outstanding favourites to win the championship but believes Mourinho’s track record of clinching back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006 will tip the balance in Chelsea’s favour.
“Between the four or five big teams, it probably will go to the wire,” Terry said. “But hopefully what we know about Jose and what Jose knows about the Premier League will make the difference.”