• John Terry was substituted at half-time in Chelsea’s loss at Manchester City
  • Jose Mourinho chose to replace Terry with Kurt Zouma at The Etihad
  • Chelsea, trailing 1-0 at the time, went on to lose 3-0 against City 

Martin Keown

Jose Mourinho raised eyebrows on Sunday by substituting captain John Terry at half-time in Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat by Manchester City.

Mourinho replaced Terry with Kurt Zouma and Chelsea went on to lose the game 3-0. What could this mean for 34-year-old Terry’s future at Chelsea?

Martin Keown gives his verdict for Sportsmail

John Terry (second left) was replaced by Kurt Zouma at half time by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

John Terry (second left) was replaced by Kurt Zouma at half time by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Terry struggled to cope with the pace of City's attack but it was a problem shared by the Chelsea defence

Terry struggled to cope with the pace of City’s attack but it was a problem shared by the Chelsea defence

Chelsea captain Terry watches the second half from the stands after being replaced by Kurt Zouma

Chelsea captain Terry watches the second half from the stands after being replaced by Kurt Zouma

There always seems to be a reason behind every Jose Mourinho decision. As a manager he is more revolution than evolution so to take off John Terry was a big statement.

It was a very public dethroning of Chelsea’s captain and I’m sure Terry will feel he was unfairly singled out by his manager. He wasn’t the only defender having a bad day.

When I saw Mourinho berating Terry from the sidelines at the Community Shield, I feared for him. Jose subbed him off then and it was Terry in Mourinho’s firing line again on Sunday.

He struggled to cope with the pace of City’s attack but that’s because the whole defence was left exposed.

With only Nemanja Matic to try to shield the back four, what did Mourinho expect to happen? 

Mourinho's decision to remove Terry could have been a statement that he feels new players are needed

Mourinho’s decision to remove Terry could have been a statement that he feels new players are needed

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic tracking Manchester City playmaker David Silva (right)

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic tracking Manchester City playmaker David Silva (right)

For such a fine tactician it was a strange approach to take. And the substitution felt as if he wanted to magnify Terry’s mistakes in order to highlight the need for new blood.

Terry is a proud man and plenty of Chelsea fans and people at the club will feel for him. But unless there is a complete change of mood from Jose, it seems Terry is fighting a losing battle.

 

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