John Terry believes Jose Mourinho‘s Chelsea sides in the 2004/05 and 2005/06 seasons would beat Pep Guardiola‘s current crop of Manchester City stars, despite their remarkable start to the current campaign.
City are already 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League table having won 17 of their opening 18 games and are on course to break all sorts of records in English football.
Terry was part of a Mourinho side that set the record points tally for a Premier League season (95 in 2004/05) and he’s convinced that team would have the edge over Guardiola’s men.
When asked which other Premier League sides in history would compete with City, he told Sky Sports: ‘I would say 2004/05 or 2005/06, those two sides when Mourinho arrived at the club.’
And when asked if that Chelsea team would beat City, he added: ‘Yes, yes.
‘We were never afraid to say: “They’ll have more possession than us,” but we were set, comfortable.
‘The full-backs would always go up the pitch, and [Claude] Makelele would always sit, which was great for us centre-backs.
‘But we had great legs, great power, and we had the big man up front. Didier [Drogba] made such a difference. We had that ball into Didier, and he could hold it up, with the runners off him and [Frank] Lampard would be box-to-box game after game.’
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