By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Terry has recently found himself in the centre of a racism storm after he was found guilty by the Football Association of using racially abusive language towards Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.
This is not the first time that Terry has found himself embroiled in controversy, and although the 31-year-old was handed the captain's armband in the Blues 2-1 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday, there are reports that the former England international will soon be removed as the team's captain after this latest controversy.
However Zola thinks that Terry is still the right man to lead the team on the pitch and wants the former PFA Player of the Year to continue on as captain of the club.
Speaking to Standard Sport, the current Watford manager said: "John certainly has made many mistakes in his career, like many others, but he has also done very good things.
"The problem sometimes is that it is easier to pick up on the wrong things than the right ones.
"I'm not saying this just because he is somebody I know and respect.
"I have no issue with him being captain - the way he conducts himself on the pitch, the bravery he shows, he is a leader. If the manager decides to keep him as captain, he can do that.
"I understand why people have that opinion [that he should not be captain] but we are talking about a person who I care a lot about, so it doesn't come easy for me to come into it because it feels like I am judging him.
"John can be controversial but he is still a fantastic professional. He is an incredible leader on the pitch and I have to stick to that picture I have of him."
The Blues are currently unbeaten in the Premier League and top the table with 22 points from their first eight games. However, the Stamford Bridge outfit will face the biggest test of their season so far when they take on Manchester United at home on Sunday, but Zola trusts his former side has what it takes to beat the Red Devils.
"The way Chelsea are playing in the League is quite impressive," Zola added.
"They have become quite an offensive team, something Chelsea have never been, and it's nice to watch.
"It's [The Manchester United game] a massive test because their forward play will be tested by the hardest team to beat in the League.
"If they come through it, people will have to take them seriously in the title race and I believe they can win."
Chelsea will go into their clash with Mancheser United without the services of Terry, who as a result of being found guilty of racially abusing Ferdinand, will be serving the second match of a four-game suspension.