Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho crawls on Aston Villa assistant John Terry while the former Chelsea duo meet in Villa Park tunnel before a competitive conflict arises
- Jose Mourinho hugged John Terry before Tottenham faced Aston Villa
- It was the first time that Mourinho was in the opposition to his former captain
- Tottenham won a 3-2 victory after Heung-Min Son scored in the standstill time
A long-lasting friendship arose before Tottenham’s game with Aston Villa when Jose Mourinho embraced his former captain John Terry.
The pair’s legendary history goes back to the time the Portuguese manager first came to Chelsea in 2004, and together they won three Premier League titles during the two Mourinho spells at the club.
And before his Tottenham team stepped out of Villa Park, Mourinho crawled behind Aston Villa’s assistant head coach and the two shared a warm embrace.
Terry, who played 492 games in the heart of Chelsea’s defense during 19 seasons at Stamford Bridge, has always considered Mourinho his favorite manager during his time at the club.
And in addition to three Premier League titles, Terry won the FA Cup and three League Cups together.
Their paths have since taken them different paths with Mourinho, now manager of Chelsea’s local rivals Tottenham, with Terry retiring just at the start of his coaching career in 2018.
Jose Mourinho hoisted his first Premier League title on Chelsea alongside John Terry
The pair now represents opposing parties, but still had time to catch up with the match
Terry, 39, works under the helm of Dean Smith, who was asked before their game with Tottenham if he would choose the brain of the former England international for knowledge about his former manager.
Smith replied: “I have been picking JT’s brains for the past 18 months!
“JT has been his captain at Chelsea twice and they have won many trophies together. They have a deep respect for each other. JT speaks openly about the admiration he has for Jose as a coach and as a person when they were in Chelsea.
“But the dynamics are different now. He sits on my couch and he sits behind me and gives me pieces of information that I need.
“We will try to map the demise of one of his former coaches.”
John Terry worked under Jose Mourinho for less than six years during their stay in Chelsea
Tottenham’s visit to Aston Villa was the first time Terry and Mourinho were against dugouts.
During the game, Toby Alderweireld scored on both ends, before Heung-Min Son scored just before half-time to place Tottenham 2-1.
After the break, Bjorn Engels struck to equalize for Aston Villa, but made a huge mistake to allow Son to take his second in the break time to give Spurs a 3-2 win.