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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich moved to appoint Jose Mourinho as Chelsea boss in 2004 having won the Champions League with FC Porto, and the Portuguese introduced himself to the Premier League as the Special One.
John Terry was the captain of the team then and he has now admitted that the players were petrified and didn’t know what to expect from Mourinho, but revealed that the Portuguese wowed the players from his first training session.
Asked what his thoughts were when Chelsea appointed Mourinho, Terry told BeIN Sports: “Nerve-racking and I was petrified. We’d all seen the ‘Special One’ interview. He’d just won the Champions League with Porto.
“As a group of players we were texting each other saying ‘oh no, this’ll be tough this’ but from day one he blew us away with his sessions.
“Like all of us you go in [to training with a new manager] and say ‘Okay, let’s see what the manager’s got’ because it’s down to them to impress the players and he certainly did that from day one.
“He did that on a personal basis, on the training field and he was special that’s for sure.”
Mourinho guided Chelsea to back to back Premier League titles in his first two seasons at the club. His fortunes have since turned around as he’s now currently the boss of Tottenham Hotspur.