Jose Mourinho proclaimed Internazionale's gritty Champions League semi-final victory over Barcelona 'the greatest moment of my career'.
Mourinho, who won the Champions League with former club FC Porto, masterminded a 3-2 aggregate success over the reigning European champions despite losing the second leg 1-0 at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night.
Inter had to play for an hour with 10 men after Brazilian midfielder Thiago Motta was dismissed for pushing Sergio Busquets in the face, but the only response Barca had to their 3-1 first-leg deficit was a late goal from Gerard Pique.
The Italian champions and league leaders defended heroically and afterwards Mourinho paid tribute to the players who have reached a first final in Europe's premier competition since Inter were beaten by Ajax in 1972.
"For the players, me, the fans, it's the greatest," said the Portuguese coach.
"I've won the Champions League (with Porto in 2004) but today was better.
"We were a team of heroes, we sweated blood. I thank everyone who played and who did not play. I thank all the fans, those who were here and those who remained at home.
"Absolutely incredible things happened. Now is our festival. I want the fans at the airport waiting for these guys.
"I want the fans to go to Rome where we have a Sunday final against Lazio (in Serie A) and Wednesday when we have another final against Roma (in the Coppa Italia)."