Terry played a huge part in Mourinho's first spell at Chelsea, and the Blues boss believes his skipper's confidence is now back to its best.
"I think the fact that he knows that I like him has been important," Mourinho said.
"I trust the player. This is important. In his head he knows if I leave him out I am trying to do the best thing for him and the best thing for the team so he is not under this pressure he was in other years.
"Physically we are working very well with him. I think he is in good condition and he is a brilliant boy."
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