Chelsea’s mightily impressive win showcased why Mourinho is arguably the most tactically astute manager of his generation, but it also went some way to proving why the FA must swallow some pride and try to convince John Terry to reverse his decision to retire from International football.
This Manchester City frontline has wreaked havoc with defences all season long, netting over 100 goals in all competitions, but Terry and Co became the first side to stop City from scoring at the Etihad since November 2010.
And its not just the performance against City that has been impressive, in their last 10 games Chelsea have conceded just 2 goals.
Last season, under AVB and Rafa Benitez, Terry cut a lonely figure. A long way away from the talismanic leader who had guided Chelsea to a succession of trophies.
But under Mourinho, Terry looks like he has returned to his former best. The tactics that the Special one has employed since his return have no doubt benefitted Terry, who’s lack of speed was found wanting by the pressing game favoured last season.
The Chelsea captain has always been a great reader of the game, but now he has learnt to rely on these skills even more rather than trying to dominate the opposition physically.
Another positive from this season is his partnership with Gary Cahill, who has been the one to step into the void left in the England back four.
Cahill’s game has really developed this season after promising a lot during his time at Bolton, and it is no surprise that Terry’s decision to step back and read the game has allowed Cahill to come and dominate like he did during his time at the Reebok stadium.
England do look short of options at centre back ahead of the World Cup, and surely the success of Terry and Cahill will not have escaped the attention of Roy Hodgson.
Their first choice pairing of Cahill and Jagielka did well during the Qualifiers, but beyond that England could be in trouble. The United pairing of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have done little to press their claims for a start this season playing their parts in their clubs disappointing season so far.
Joleon Lescott’s failure to get a move away from Manchester City will surely restrict his lack of first team football, which will not benefit him ahead of a tough summer.
And whilst Michael Dawson has had a reasonably good season so far with spurs, the scars of heavy defeats to City and Liverpool have highlighted his inability to play against quick and skilful, top-class strikers, which England will come up against in their group.
The notion that we should be looking ahead to the future because of the lack of quality in the current England side is something that would work against Terry. However the fact that any side should neglect a World Cup in favour of looking ahead is ridiculous.
Some people will be against a return for Terry because of the high-profile incidents, which have marred the past few years of his career. But in terms of footballing ability and current form there is no doubt that Terry has done enough to warrant a seat on the plane to Brazil.