Jose Mourinho believes that his Chelsea side thwarted Atletico Madrid in their 0-0 draw at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday in the Champions League semi-final first leg but was not completely happy with the result.
Speaking after the game, the Blues boss asserted that Diego Simeone's side would have wanted a better result, per Squawka:
"Atletico needed to win this game and we stopped them from doing it." - Jose Mourinho— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 22, 2014
However, he admitted that it was a very tough game and that he had wanted to come away with a victory, via the Champions League Twitter feed:
Mourinho, @Chelseafc: I wanted to win 5-0 & be in the final but it was very difficult. It is not easy to leave this ground without losing.— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 22, 2014
A game of few chances, Chelsea will come away the most satisfied having prevented Atletico from scoring.
As a result, any kind of win for the Blues in the second leg next week at Stamford Bridge will see them through to a third European final on the bounce.
While Petr Cech's shoulder injury saw him forced off the pitch in the 15th minute, replacement Mark Schwarzer made a good account of himself and provided a solid presence in the box.
He only had to make one real save from a Mario Suarez effort, and the 41-year-old was equal to the challenge.
And Mourinho was highly complimentary of the Australian as well as others who were key in keeping a clean sheet, per The Guardian's Daniel Taylor:
Mourinho full of praise for "amazing" Ashley Cole and impressed with Schwarzer. "Schwarzer showed we can trust him."— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) April 22, 2014
Schwarzer will have to reprise the role next week after Mourinho confirmed Cech will be out for the remainder of the season. Meanwhile, captain John Terry limped off and will miss the next leg, per Taylor:
Mourinho in press conference. "Petr Cech's season is over. For John (Terry) we will have to play the final for him to play again" #CFC— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) April 22, 2014
Others who will be missing for Chelsea next week will be Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel, who both picked up yellow cards and will be suspended.
Despite not scoring at home, Simeone should not be overly disappointed with his side's performance. They had the best of the chances, and an early away goal at Stamford Bridge will put them in control of the tie.
Indeed the Argentine is convinced that this result leaves the tie wide open, as reported by ESPN's Dermot Corrigan:
Simeone on TV "Result leaves tie open. Now to see what happens next week. We're playing for really nice things. Now to prepare for Sunday."— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) April 22, 2014
He also admitted that Chelsea's defence was too strong for his side on Tuesday:
Simeone on TV "Two teams who put out the games they thought best. They defended well. We tried wide, tried inside, but couldnt get thru."— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) April 22, 2014
Furthermore, he believes that Chelsea now hold the advantage in the tie:
While neither manager seemed particularly happy with the result, both still have a great shot of reaching the final.
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And with both fighting for their respective league titles, team selection will be incredibly difficult for their domestic games this weekend.
While Chelsea hold the edge with the second leg being at Stamford Bridge, there can be no doubt that it will be a much more open affair next week.
Both sides need to score, meaning a more entertaining game should be in the cards in London.