John Terry believes team spirit at Chelsea is high despite last week’s shock departure of Jose Mourinho.
The Chelsea skipper was speaking in the aftermath of his side’s 4-0 victory over Hull in the Carling Cup.
Reports of dressing room unrest emerged following the appointment of Avram Grant as Mourinho’s successor.
“We do our best to maintain team spirit in Chelsea,” Terry told Sky Sports 2. “We’ll try to keep it going. It has been tough recently but we take a lot of positives from this.
“It was a great win and certainly well needed, it is a tough place to come.
“I thought we played really well, we knew the first 15 to 20 minutes it was going to be really difficult and they were going to be in our faces.
“But we deserved it, especially after the last three games. The quality came through in the end.”
Grant was also at pains to point out that the players had rallied behind the club.
He said: “The dressing room is very good, you can see it on the pitch. Off the pitch I believe Chelsea players are 100 per cent committed to the club.
“I want them to be committed to the club, not to me. Tomorrow we will have been together only one week. I am very happy with their attitude.
“It’s always difficult to play in the cup especially away. The players’ attitude is good.”
And the Israeli dismissed claims that the club had spoken to Marco van Basten with a view to the Dutchman becoming the club’s next manager.
He said: “You come to a club like Chelsea you know there are many rumours. I need to work and they (journalists) need to write.”
Asked about the absence of owner Roman Abramovich at Hull, Grant said: “When Roman Abramovich is here you say he is picking the team, if he is not here you ask why he is not here.”