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Wednesday, 28 April 2010 22:05

Mourinho: “This feels better than with Porto!”

Portuguese hails “the greatest defeat of my life”

As he celebrated guiding Inter to the Champions League final after knocking out Barcelona, Jose Mourinho was full of praise for his players, who remain on course for an historic treble this season.

Thiago Motta’s controversial red card midway through the first half caused tensions to rise on the touchline, with many Inter players seemingly accusing Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets of feigning injury in order to see the Brazilian dismissed.

However, Mourinho refused to criticise referee Frank De Bleeckere, chosing instead to hail his own players for a magnificent defensive display at Camp Nou, which saw the Nerazurri beaten 1-0, but qualify for the final 3-2 on aggregate. “It was a team of heroes, where everyone left their blood on that pitch,” he said. “I am proud of everyone, those who played and didn't, of the fans who suffered with us here and at home.

“I felt an incredible joy. I have already won the Champions League, but I can say tonight felt better than that. Porto won the Final 3-0 and I knew half an hour from the end that we had already won, whereas here it was right to the end.

“Barcelona did their celebrating beforehand, created some controversy and did some incredible things over the past 24 hours. Now I ask the fans to welcome us at the airport, even if it's tough and they have to work tomorrow. They should arrive at the airport to welcome these spectacular players, as they've earned it. This is the greatest defeat of my life!

“Thiago Motta's card was the same as that for Didier Drogba. Unfortunately Motta lost his cool for a second. I said nothing to him at half-time. I spoke to the rest of the team to explain how they should play and adapt.

“I do not want to judge the referee. I said beforehand that when the players want to help the referee, his job is easy, but tonight some people tried to make life difficult for him.

"Leo Messi is Messi. An incredible talent, from another galaxy, but like all the others he didn't play to his strengths. That should be quality and fair play, but I saw none of it on or off the pitch.

“I thought my empathy with the Chelsea fans was impossible to find elsewhere, but I have found even more with Inter. It was impossible to see where our fans were in this huge stadium, but at the 85th minute I could hear them and knew they were up there. They suffered with us and we had to thank them.”

By Sean Gillen

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Comments (2)
Can't blame him
2 Saturday, 01 May 2010 01:16
Hey, as a Porto fan myself, even I have to agree with him here. Gotta admit, you look at Porto's run in 04, Mourinho's toughest match was the game against Man U where Costinha scored right at the death. But that was a full Porto team, and we were constantly pushing for that goal. Here he is facing the defending CL winners, with TEN men for an hour, and he held them out long enough. I hope he accomplishes his dream of winning a title in every major European league because... Mourinho on the Selecao for World Cup Brazil 2014? Portuguese fans can only hope.
1 Thursday, 29 April 2010 09:44
Great Mourinho, a Legend!

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