John Terry reveals Mourinho’s halftime “telling off” that inspired Chelsea victory


Apparently the King Power Stadium was host to a pair of mad managers on Wednesday, as Chelsea overcame a 1-0 deficit to defeat Leicester City and move to within three points of clinching the 2014-15 Premier League title.

[ RECAP: Leicester City 1-3 Chelsea ]

We’ve already covered Nigel Pearson’s nuclear rant which belittled an undeserved journalist, and while his opposite number, Jose Mourinho, was far happier after the final whistle, the Portuguese manager was not pleased whatsoever as his team entered the locker room, down 1-0 at halftime.

According to club captain John Terry, Mourinho gave his side a “telling off” that not only focused, but inspired the Blues to their second-half comeback, which began less than three minutes into the second period.

Terry, on Mourinho’s halftime words, from FourFourTwo:

“We got a bit of a telling off. [The first half] wasn’t good enough, really. We were a little bit lackluster at the start. We knew what to expect, but we still didn’t deal with it too well.

“We knew they were going to be a tough side and they were. They kept fighting. They made it very difficult for us, first half especially.

“We came out and responded very well. I thought we played excellent second half, created a lot more chances, looked solid at the back and going forward [we were] excellent.”

Just what did Mourinho say at halftime? He won’t tell us exactly — because he “can’t,” he says — but did offer up the following recap: “If I tell you on television what I said it will be ‘beep, beep, beep’. Too many beeps.”

Message received, loud and cleared. Chelsea can clinch the Premier League title with a victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday (Watch live on NBCSN and online via Live Extra, 8:30 am ET).