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Liverpool and Chelsea developed an intense rivalry during the mid-2000s, with Chelsea being managed by Jose Mourinho and Liverpool being managed by Rafael Benitez.
Despite the rivalry, Chelsea won most of the game while Liverpool won some very tight games, and Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has opened up that Chelsea were the better team in that era.
“I always wondered if a lot of the animosity came from us frustrating you because you were always so much better than us,” Carragher asked Terry.
“I don’t think we were ever on a level playing field. We knew that, you knew that. But the fact we could get results against you at that time, certainly under Jose’s era, was that a little bit part of it?”
John Terry admitted that the animosity got even to the manager Jose Mourinho who had a dislike for the Reds.
Terry replied: “Yeah, it was, and both managers made a big thing of that.
“I remember the team talk Mourinho gave after we won the league for the first time, and I think we were something like 20 or 30 points ahead of you, and he was saying: ‘There’s no way you can lose this game against these.’
“He couldn’t even say the name Liverpool, he couldn’t even pronounce the team. It was: ‘You do not lose to these today, we are so much better than these.’ I remember that still today.”