Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, has defended his decision to substitute captain John Terry at half-time in the 3-0 defeat at Manchester City.
The 34-year-old was replaced by Kurt Zouma with City leading 1-0 – the first time he has been taken off by Mourinho in the Premier League.
The Chelsea manager confirmed that Terry was not injured and that tactics were behind his decision to replace him.
“It was clear to me Zouma has to play,” said Mourinho after Sunday’s game.
Terry has won four league titles, five FA Cups, one Champions League and one Europa League during 17 years at Stamford Bridge.
The former England captain fell out of favour under previous managers Roberto Di Matteo and Rafael Benitez but played every minute of every league match last season under Mourinho, skippering Chelsea to their first Premier League title since 2009-10.
Mourinho said in May that Terry would have left Chelsea without him.
“I don’t know if you asked questions to Rafa Benitez, Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo, to the ones that never played him,” added Mourinho when asked about his decision to bring off his captain against City.
“I’m the one you shouldn’t ask because I’m the one that plays with John in every game.
“I made John captain. I recovered John from a difficult situation with other managers.
“I brought my captain off and he was on the bench and still captain on the bench because the armband is just an armband.
“I can tell you he was not dancing in the dressing room and I can also tell you he was not having a bad reaction.”