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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 March, 2005, 23:01 GMT
Mourinho savours Chelsea triumph
Frank Lampard and Jose Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claimed he enjoyed the cliff-hanging Champions League win against Barcelona more than when he claimed the trophy with Porto.

The 4-2 victory sealed a 5-4 aggregate win to put Chelsea in the last eight.

He said: "It was a fantastic result. We have beaten the team that is - according to some - the best in the world. The football was magnificent.

"I enjoyed the end of this game much more than some other games that were more important for me."

We played quite well, but I always say the team that wins deserves to. I'm not complaining in that way
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard

Mourinho added: "Any result that put us through would have been fantastic. We faced a very good team, we were losing 2-1 before the start and we were without some of our best attacking players,"

Chelsea will have the injured Arjen Robben and suspended Didier Drogba available for the quarter-finals.

And Mourinho said: "The way the players did it in the second half was fantastic. We scored four and should have scored six or seven. Barca could have had three, four or five.

"The football was magnificent. But over the 180 minutes I think the best team goes through.

"This was not a game where you knew at half-time who was going through. Until the last second, if they score we go out. It was a game full of emotion so that is why the feeling is better."

Meanwhile, Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard admitted that "individual errors" were to blame for the defeat.

"We played quite well, but I always say the team that wins deserves to. I'm not complaining in that way," he said.

"We played our own game, but we lost the ball in midfield too often and with Chelsea playing on the counter, that caused us problems.

"We were confused at 3-0 down. We got back on top and had chances to score - however, the last goal killed us."

The Dutchman added: "I think we had more of the ball, but it came down to individual errors and generally a lack of maturity in certain situations.

"It is nice if people say we left a good impression on the tournament with the football we played. But I would rather be talking to you now having won the game.

"But hopefully this defeat will give us the impetus to eliminate the errors that have cost us."

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