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Thursday 14 December 2017

Jose: it wasn't about revenge

IT'S Lá Féile José in Milan today after the preening Portuguese schemer led a raid on Stamford Bridge and left Carlo Ancelotti ashen-faced and out of the Champions League. Once the emotion of the occasion had died down, Mourinho was quick to claim that his and Inter's qualification for the Champions League quarter-finals had nothing to do with revenge.

"Sometimes in football you win because you're lucky. Sometimes you win because you are the best team. Sometimes you win because you were the best team from the first to the last minute. That team was my team and my players," he said.

"I'm not very happy because Chelsea lost. I'm very happy because my players are happy, my supporters are happy, my president is happy and because I worked so much for this game.

"As a professional, that's the best feeling you can have. I'm not happy because my ex-players or Roman lost, or that Chelsea supporters go home sad. I'm not happy about their unhappiness."

Mourinho chose a three-man attack and gave Dutchman Wesley Sneijder a free role in midfield, hoping to unsettle Chelsea. It worked perfectly, reducing Ancelotti to long-ball tactics for much of a deeply frustrating second-half for Blues' fans.

"Inter were much better than Chelsea and that brought frustration to the Chelsea players," said Mourinho.

Ancelotti accepts that the defeat now focuses huge pressure on his shoulders and makes winning the Premier League a must.

"My regret is we didn't play as well as we did in the first leg. But I've worked for a long time in this environment and I know exactly what expectations are. It's normal that a manager is going to come under pressure if he loses a few matches," said Ancelotti.

Chelsea lie second to Manchester United in the Premier League and are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

"Now we have two important competitions we want to win. We'll have more pressure on the next few games, but we must be strong and have good control of our emotions," added the Blues boss.

"Maybe this defeat could be a very good motivation for the next few games. We have to be strong after this result. We have to have a new motivation, a good motivation, for the future."

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