"The manager has that aura about him," the centre-back said. "He's like Mourinho a little bit.
"He's got that real confidence and slight arrogance about him that all top managers have.
"Our manager has that and it does rub off on the players."
It was Capello who helped negotiate playing England's toughest away trip of the campaign in their second game.
"The manager has that confidence to come back here so early and really take it to them," Terry said.
"The way he carries himself around, he knows what he's achieved in the game. They know that, sooner or later, that'll happen again."
One of the attributes apparent with Mourinho was the ability to quickly see when things were going wrong and making subsequent changes - even if it meant an early substitution.
Terry, who sees the same quality in Capello, said: "I certainly think that, if there's a change to be made after five or 10 minutes, he'll make that.
"That's the confidence he's got in himself to make the big decisions. You'll see that in the bigger games. Maybe after 20 or 30 minutes, he'll change it on the pitch immediately.
"That's where the big managers excel."