But it was not always so rosy, with Mikel revealing the fury that the former skipper would show when things were not going Chelsea's way.
'The manager would speak and then leave it to JT to carry on.
"No matter what manager came in, you had to know the figurehead of the club was John Terry".
"Everyone was so nice but sometimes you miss home and that's what I did".
Mikel and other members were forced to about-turn on the Cardiff Airport runway, following their 2-0 FA Cup defeat to League Two, Newport County.
While also hailing the role played by their fans in the 1-1 draw at The Riverside, Mikel is of a view that Boro gave a lot of effort, aggression, determination and eye for goal, but admits it was a huge disappointment seeing Leeds share the points with a lte equaliser. "It feels a bit like Chelsea for me when you walk in".
The 31-year-old recalled his dressing room experience during his days at the club and how former captain and Aston Villa assistant coach John Terry often spur the team to victory with half-time pep talks.
Flashing a toothy grin, he said: "It's not been too bad for the Chelsea old guard, hey?"
It's a fair point to make, considering Chelsea's current crop do have the talent to be challenging for another league title - but it hasn't happened so far under Maurizio Sarri.
Lewis Wing shot the homers into the lead 47th minute and Boro looked as though they were going to run away with a win with three points up for grabs, but that was not to be as Leeds Kalvin Philips broke the hearts of Boro in the 11th minute of added time. During our time I could scream at Didier Drogba or Lampard.
"Now when I watch them, there's no one talking to each other, taking responsibility of being the leader".
The officials of the English Championship club called off a flight that would have taken the squad for their next league fixture.
There will be no teacups flying this time, though.