Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has denied Steven Gerrard's claim that there is a rift between him and captain John Terry.
Terry was an unused substitute as the Blues, whose Barclays Premier League defence has begun in miserable fashion, opened their Champions League Group G campaign with a 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
Speaking during his work as a BT Sport pundit, former Liverpool captain Gerrard said: "There's certainly a bit of friction behind the scenes because for me, you play John Terry week in, week out, he's your captain.
"He's such an important figure in the dressing room and if Chelsea want to be successful this season, they need him in there."
Mourinho said: "Steven is wrong. I have a very good relationship with him. Sometimes we contact by SMS (text message). But he's wrong, because we have no problems."
Chelsea vs Maccabi Tel-Aviv - player ratings
Chelsea vs Maccabi Tel-Aviv - player ratings
1/12 CHELSEA: Asmir Begovic
Didn't have much to do in the first half but was confident when called into action. 7/10
2/12 Cesar Azpilicueta
Was confident in Ivanovic's normal position of right back and did not look troubled despite switching sides. 7
3/12 Kurt Zouma
Made some strong tackles and clearances in first half to deny Maccabi whenever they ventured forwards and worked well with Cahill in central defence. 6
4/12 Gary Cahill
Put in an improved showing despite being omitted from the line up to face Everton and came out to clear his lines when needed. 7
5/12 Baba Rahman
Was handed his debut against Maccabi and did well. The left back pushed forwards regularly to attack - blazing a free kick wide in the first half. And although his forays forwards left spaces behind him, he ensured he tracked back to defend. 7
6/12 Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Replaced Matic in the defensive midfield position and the 19-year-old injected energy and pace into the side. His overzealous beginning to the match saw him get a yellow card for a foul on Mitrovic - after just 48 seconds - but he did well to protect the defence as well as set up Costa. 8
7/12 Cesc Fabregas
Was more involved than in previous games and provided the superb pass that Costa scored his fine volley from before he tapped into an open net to score in the dying minutes of the match. 8
Settled the Chelsea fans' nerves with his fine curling free kick in the 15th minute that gave the home side the lead. Was taken off soon after with a hamstring injury. 7
Looked bright on his return from injury and scored Chelsea's second of the night with a composed penalty. The Brazilian was brought off for Ramires after a positive showing and is likely to start against Arsenal. 7
10/12 Eden Hazard
Despite letting himself down by firing a fourth-minute penalty high, the Belgian's pace and threat from the left flank caused Maccabi problems particularly in the first half. Indeed it was his run that led to him being fouled, from which Willian opened the scoring from. 6
11/12 Loic Remy
Started the game up front as the lone striker and used his pace to get past Maccabi's defence several times - winning the penalty that Hazard missed. But he faded after being pushed out onto the right wing to accommodate Costa. Still, he was involved in the build-up play for Fabregas' goal and will have given Mourinho something to think about ahead of Arsenal. 7
12/12 FROM THE BENCH: Diego Costa
Replaced the injured Willian and after a relatively quiet first half, scored a brilliant volleyed goal in the second period. Despite being heavily marked, the striker caused Maccabi all sorts of problems. A good showing from the Brazilian. 8
The Portuguese insisted after Chelsea's first home win of the season - secured with goals from Willian, an Oscar penalty, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas - and first clean sheet that he is always "a fantastic manager" as he savoured the winning feeling.
"I am a fantastic manager when I win matches and I am a fantastic manager when I lose matches," Mourinho added.
"I forgot the feeling. For so long we don't win a game, so good, a good feeling."
Mourinho received the acclaim of the home faithful and, while he prefers it when they support the players and team, he welcomed the adulation.
"I prefer that than they say 'Mourinho out' and they boo me and so on," he said.
"It shows they don't read papers or they don't have short memories. If they don't read papers they support me. If they don't have short memories, they support me.
"We won four Premier Leagues, three with him and one with his team. This guy is not bad. Let's support the guy. We have a chance to win the fifth."
Despite all Chelsea's domestic troubles and worst start to a season since 1988, they were the only English team to begin the Champions League with a win after Arsenal joined Manchester United and Manchester City in making a losing start.
"It's bad news for English football," the Portuguese said.
"I'm not happy with that. I want Man City, Man United and Arsenal to lose in the Premier League - not in the Champions League."
The Gunners visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday in the Premier League and Mourinho will be happier to prepare after a win.
"For all of us to wake up (on Thursday) after a defeat, to go to Cobham again, to train again after a defeat, two days before a derby against Arsenal, I could imagine how difficult it would be for everyone," he added.
Willian picked up a hamstring injury and joins Pedro in missing the Arsenal game, while Radamel Falcao missed the Maccabi contest injured and Oscar may also be absent after recently returning from a knee problem.
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