Mourinho writes off Chelsea’s chances

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has stated that Chelsea are very unlikely to beat Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals.

The Santiago Bernabeu head coach watched on as his side demolished APOEL 5-2 in Spain on Wednesday night to set up a tie with Bayern Munich, whilst the Stamford Bridge club play the defending champions in the last four after beating Benfica.

Despite the potential of Mourinho facing his former club Chelsea in the final, the Portuguese trainer feels it is unlikely.

“Barcelona are very good. Barcelona aren’t the favourites, they are super-favourites,” he told reporters, published by The Daily Mail.

“Let me be honest, I don’t think the final will be a Real Madrid/Chelsea final. It could be Bayern or Barcelona, I just don’t think it will be Real Madrid v Chelsea and we know why.

“Bayern is a very powerful opponent. It is a team I know well as it is almost the same side that I played when coach of Inter Milan in the Champions League final two years ago and they have great individual players.

‘The players and myself are looking forward to what should be a great semi-final,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight