Jose Mourinho set to axe John Terry for Chelsea
Jose Mourinho is set to axe John Terry ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League group stage opener against Maccabi Tel Aviv as he looks to shake things up in his struggling side.
The Portuguese boss is also likely to leave out Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa, according to the Mirror.
It means Gary Cahill is poised to partner Kurt Zouma in defence, while Cesar Azpilicueta is set to move to right-back, with summer signing Baba Rahman at left-back.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is expected to line up alongside Cesc Fabregas in midfield with Loic Remy up front instead of Costa.
The move to drop Terry, though, is likely to raise further possibilities that he is gradually being eased aside.
The Blues pursuit of Everton defender John Stones shows that Mourinho is looking to the future.
Terry was brutally taken off at the break against Manchester City in the 3-0 loss in a surprise move that left many asking whether it is the beginning of the end.
The former Real Madrid boss was concerned about Sergio Aguero’s pace causing the veteran defender problems and decided to act at half-time by bringing on Kurt Zouma.