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Adrian Durham for MailOnline

Jose Mourinho has broken the unwritten rules at Chelsea Football Club. He has broken the bond of trust between himself and John Terry.

And at the same time he has broken the bond between himself and the fans.

Has he crossed the point of no return? Is it a Stamford Bridge too far for Jose Mourinho?

It will take something special for Mourinho to recover from this, but we all know the ‘Special One’ is capable of something special.

John Terry sits on the Chelsea bench above manager Jose Mourinho after being replaced at half time

John Terry sits on the Chelsea bench above manager Jose Mourinho after being replaced at half time

Mourinho said  that Terry, who was replaced by Kurt Zouma, was substituted for tactical reasons

Mourinho said that Terry, who was replaced by Kurt Zouma, was substituted for tactical reasons

He has, however, cleaned Terry out, rinsed him, and then hung him out to dry. And given the love Chelsea fans have for JT, this will have to be some recovery job from Mourinho.

Make no mistake, there is no split among the Chelsea fans – they absolutely adore Terry.

 Some have gone public on social media to declare that they dread his retirement more than their own death. He is and always will be their captain, leader and legend. It’s the purest true love a fan can have for a player, the bond between Terry and the fans.

It didn’t matter to those supporters what the newspapers wrote: no seedy allegations would change their love for their man.

 It could even have been their wife involved and it would have made absolutely no difference. They’d have patted Terry on the back and made him a cup of tea afterwards.

Terry was unable to prevent Sergio Aguero giving Manchester City the lead on Sunday

Terry was unable to prevent Sergio Aguero giving Manchester City the lead on Sunday

It didn’t even matter that Terry was sent off in the Champions League semi-final in 2012. The Chelsea fans were gutted for him, not angry with him. They even loved the fact he became a full kit captain after the final he missed through suspension. 

Same applies to the missed penalty in the final against Manchester United in 2008. The Chelsea fans felt sorry for him, they didn’t criticise.

When Rafa Benitez dared to leave Terry out, and suggest the captain was on the way out, the fans hated the former Liverpool manager even more.

Chelsea fans have a banner at Stamford Bridge calling Terry their 'Captain, Leader, Legend' 

Chelsea fans have a banner at Stamford Bridge calling Terry their ‘Captain, Leader, Legend’ 

Chelsea fans did not blame Terry when he slipped and missed a penalty in the 2008 Champions League final

Chelsea fans did not blame Terry when he slipped and missed a penalty in the 2008 Champions League final

Terry also escaped blame when he was sent off in Barcelona during the 2012 Champions League semi-final

Terry also escaped blame when he was sent off in Barcelona during the 2012 Champions League semi-final

The fans loved the fact that Terry put his full kit on to lift the 2012 Champions League despite being suspended

The fans loved the fact that Terry put his full kit on to lift the 2012 Champions League despite being suspended

As far as Chelsea fans are concerned, their captain is a leader and a legend, and he is above criticism.

They’re not stupid though, they realise Terry will have to retire at some point.

But there is a way of easing the pain of that retirement. And Mourinho dragging off a club legend and fans’ hero at half time against Manchester City will be seen as disrespectful.

Jose blamed the doctors on the first weekend, and now it’s all Terry’s fault. Mourinho has mugged Terry off in front of millions around the world.

It will be hard for Chelsea fans to reconcile themselves with what Mourinho has done. They know he’s the most successful manager they’ve had, he will always have a place in their hearts. But if there was a fire at Stamford Bridge and they had to choose between saving Mourinho or Terry, the fans would save Terry.

Jose has now started that fire: he has to win everything this year to even begin to be forgiven by the Chelsea fans. I can’t help thinking that Jose has gone too far now: blaming other people for his own shortcomings is a career choice for Mourinho. But by pointing the finger at John Terry, he’s surely picked a fight he cannot win.

 

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