Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes his team's Champions League fate rested on "one mad minute" against Atletico Madrid, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.
With the score at 1-1 on Wednesday night, Chelsea captain John Terry saw his second-half header saved by team-mate Thibaut Courtois, who is on loan at the La Liga club, before Atletico raced to the other end and were awarded a penalty after a Samuel Eto'o foul.
Mourinho believes that slender period of the match defined the outcome, and is quoted as saying:
I think the difference was one minute in the second half, where the Atletico goalkeeper makes an impossible save from John Terry’s header.
And instead of 2-1 to Chelsea a few seconds later a penalty, which I’m happy people tell me was a penalty. And they scored to go 2-1 up.
In one minute, two actions decided the game. After that, there was only one team on the pitch.
My team with pride, honour and professionalism, but after that moment the game was controlled by Atletico, very mature and professional in the way they controlled the game. Complete control.
That minute was crucial. We had immediately the feeling the game was lost. They had the feeling the game was in their hands, and, after that they were very solid, very mature, a real team. A real team. I knew that before, and I congratulate them now.
Meanwhile, John Edwards of the Daily Mail claims Chelsea will make a move for Tottenham midfielder Paulinho in the summer.