Chelsea boss upbeat despite Champions League exit

Jose Mourinho praised his team’s continued efforts and blamed a certain incident as his side were knocked out of the Champions League semi-finals against Spanish side Atletico Madrid after a 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea dealt the first blow through a Fernando Torres close ranged effort, but a few minutes later Adrian Lopez capitalized on some poor defending to grab his side a vital away goal with the half ending 1-1.

The English side found themselves in all sorts of trouble after Samuel Eto’o brought down Diego Costa in the box 15 minutes into the restart and was awarded a penalty, one which the Spanish striker slotted home to make it 2-1 on the night.

A few minutes before, John Terry had the chance to give his side the lead with a well timed header but forced a magnificent save from Thibaut Courtois, a key moment in the match according to the Portuguese tactician.

The match was then put of reach for the Blues when substitute Arda Turan scored a close range effort with Mourinho commenting that his side did everything they could but lost the game after the penalty incident.

The Chelsea manager told SkySports: “I think until the penalty they were not the best team,”

“We had the game, we had more possession, more chances, we scored a great goal – we conceded a poor goal – we knew at set-pieces we would have chances.

“Terry had a great chance but it was a fantastic save and after that the penalty killed the game and there was only one team in it. We were trying and the players were trying everything but from that the moment the reality is that we knew we were out.”


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