Chelsea skipper John Terry reserved special praise for Nemanja Matic after the Serbian international put in another excellent display in the 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Saturday.
Matic re-joined the Blues last January from Portuguese outfit Benfica three years after departing Stamford Bridge in a deal which saw David Luiz arrive in West London.
He made an immediate impact to Mourinho’s side towards the back end of last season, and his form so far this campaign has been faultless.
Matic has struck up a fantastic relationship with Cesc Fabregas which has helped Mourinho’s side go on a record 17-game unbeaten run in all competitions since the start of this season.
Club skipper John Terry singled out Matic as one of the reasons for the Blues’ recent success as he spoke of the victory over Liverpool at Anfield.
“He’s been different class since he came back,” the skipper is quoted as saying by the official Chelsea site. “He’s a real player for the team.
“The whole team has put in big performances week in, week out but he’s been at the heart of that. He’s been superb.”
Matic has started all 11 of the Blues’ Premier League fixtures so far this season, averaging 3.5 tackles per game and 2.8 effective clearances.
His role in the side is to keep the balance in midfield and break down the opposition’s attacks, and there are few if any who can do such a job as good as the former Benfica star.