Chelsea are out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage after losing 3-1 to Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge, and Mourinho accepted defeat, while ruing the missed chances and penalty conceded.
Talking to Sky Sports after the game, Mourinho said: “I
“After the second goal, against Atletico it is almost impossible. Their morale was very high, knowing they had the result under control, and the last part of the game was very difficult. Congratulations to them because they are a very good side, and what they are doing is fantastic.”
The Chelsea boss also refused to criticise his players for the goals conceded: “I can’t criticise these players, they gave everything, we’ve had problems with injuries, suspensions, ineligible players, but these players have grown up a lot and I am proud of them.
“I prefer to say we did everything we could have. Until the penalty we were the better team, we conceded a poor goal, and then there was only one team that was going to win.”
The Blues took the lead through a deflected Fernando Torres effort after 36 minutes, but the Spaniard’s goal was cancelled out just before half-time by Adrian.
Atletico took the lead after 62 minutes when substitute Samuel Eto’o felled Diego Costa, who slotted home. Arda Turan added a third 12 minutes later to confirm Chelsea’s exit from this year’s competition.
Atletico will meet Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Lisbon.
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