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Chelsea control Galatasaray to move to the Quarterfinals – Mourinho speaks

March 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Premier League

Chelsea 2-0 Galatasaray (aggregate 3-1)

Jose Mourinho reacts after qualifying his team to the Quarters

‘It was a very good performance, very solid, very compact, no fears and a very good approach to the game,’ said Mourinho, ‘because even if you are winning 2-0 it is difficult because if they score one goal you are on the limit. The team was very solid and confident and very much in control for the 90 minutes which is difficult to do.

‘The 2-0 kept the game alive to the end but the way we played was very solid so even with the score 2-0 we were very much in control and had the best chances to score again. Probably the result could have been much bigger because we were much better than Galatasaray.’

Didier Drogba was limited in his impact on the game but Mourinho does not believe the occasion and reception given to the returning hero affected the player’s performance…
‘The most difficult thing was the way his team played,’ he said. ‘For every striker in the world, if your team doesn’t produce attacking football then you feel a lonely man. So he couldn’t do much and Gary Cahill and John Terry did a fantastic performance against two very good strikers. We controlled the game so well that we didn’t see Drogba in dangerous positions.’

The match was refereed by Felix Brych from Germany…
‘I didn’t like our two yellow cards but he had a very comfortable and solid performance,’ noted the Chelsea manager. ‘There was a beautiful tackle that Oscar did that with another referee would be a second yellow card, but this referee saw it perfectly.’

With Arsenal and Man City already out, Chelsea have ensured at least one English team in Friday’s quarter-final draw, with Man United yet to play their second leg against Olympiacos…
‘I keep saying the same, I believe that while Man United are in the competition they can do it, and I hope they do it tomorrow.

‘All the big candidates to win the competition are there in the draw and I welcome anyone of them. It will be good for our evolution as a team to play the best and we wait for the draw, it doesn’t matter who.’


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