Mourinho is facing some big decisions with his Chelsea team selection against the Saints, says Jamie
Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp says John Terry has to start for Chelsea in their crunch tie against Southampton on Saturday.
In terms of performances, the Premier League champions have been a shadow of what they were this time last season as they sit in fourteenth position eight points behind leaders Manchester United.
However, Redknapp reckons the Blues boss Jose Mourinho is facing some big decisions with his team selection against the Saints.
"When you drop someone like John Terry - who is practically an institution at Chelsea - you have to make sure it works. The players have a lot of respect for him and the fans love him, so if you leave him out of the team you have to keep clean sheets and defend properly.
"But don't tell me Chelsea are a better team without Terry - they're not. You only have to look at the goals they've conceded and the manner in which they've conceded them. The performances suggest they function better with his organisation.
"Jose Mourinho also left out Nemanja Matic and Eden Hazard against Porto, and it almost looks like there's paranoia in that dressing room. That's come from the manager making one change after another and looking for the right ingredients to make the team function, but at the moment they look miles off what they were last year.
"Now the manager has got some big decisions to make. Is he too proud to pick John Terry again? Sometimes as a manager you've got to know when to say, 'OK, I got that one wrong'. Against Southampton, I think he's got to bring back Terry. Especially against Graziano Pelle, an opponent who should suit him down to the ground.
"The problem you get with that is that Terry hasn't played in a while, he probably won't be feeling a million dollars, so by picking him you're pushing him under huge pressure. But they can't keep going the way they are."