On his return to the club over the summer, one of Mourinho's first tasks was to speak to Terry, who endured a difficult 2012/13 campaign, and reassure the skipper of his importance to the group, and the manager has been delighted with the player's response.
"I had to because I think his self-esteem was affected in relation to last season," said the Blues boss.
"I have no stats in my hand but he's probably played more matches already this season than he did the whole of last season. I'm guessing, maybe I'm wrong, but if I'm wrong I'm not wrong by a long distance.
"He was a little bit affected, in a quiet way feeling the doubts about him, so yes, I told him I'm not here to help him, or to give something he doesn't deserve, but I believe if you work really hard from day one you have a chance to play more than you did last season. I was far from thinking he would play the first 14 matches consecutively in a row, but he's doing well, he's behaving well, he's working well."
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