Jose Mourinho hasn’t ruled out captain John Terry for Chelsea’s meeting with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Terry, 34, suffered an ankle injury in the midweek game against Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League. After the game, Mourinho criticized the state in the pitch at the stadium.
“I don’t want to say that it’s impossible he plays because maybe he plays and then you will say that I was hiding,” Mourinho told The Guardian. “I’m not hiding. Today he didn’t train but we have a little hope that it’s possible [he will be available].”
Should Terry not be able to participate, Mourinho said he has full confidence in his other center backs.
“I have complete trust in [Gary] Cahill and [Kurt] Zouma,” Mourinho said. “That’s why, in a fundamental match for us last Tuesday, I left Zouma out after good performances to play Gary and to show Gary that confidence. They are ready.”
Asked if the club has turned things around after a couple of better results, Mourinho replied: “No. I think Chelsea is a big club, and big clubs have difficult moments,” Mourinho said. “Big clubs cope with difficult moments and try to build again, to have good moments again.
“I prefer to say that we have to play every match as if we are fighting for the title. But the reality is we need points, the same way we needed points last season when we were top of the table and fighting to be champions. Every point between now and the end of the season can make a difference. We’ve lost so many already, now we have to fight even more.”