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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 March 2006, 07:44 GMT
Mourinho blames bad luck for exit
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Mourinho must concentrate on the Premiership and FA Cup
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho blamed his side's Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona on bad luck.

The Blues drew 1-1 in the Nou Camp after losing 2-1 in the first leg, when defender Asier del Horno was sent off.

"We have not seen two games where we had 11 players versus 11, so we have not seen Barcelona win against 11 - that's all I can say," said Mourinho.

"Details make a big difference. We had a difficult job to do and the reality is who is in the next round."

Mourinho said games between top sides in Europe can turn on unexpected events.

"When I won [the Champions League] with Porto [in 2004], we scored a last-minute goal that got us through. Last year against Liverpool [in the semi-final], we missed an open goal in the last minute.

I am not a guy who believes in revenge
Barca coach Frank Rijkaard

"This season we played one hour in the first leg with 10 men, but if Barca are in the next round they must be the better team.

"They are a great squad and I wish them luck.

"Last season they saw the quarter-final on TV and now we must do the same."

Chelsea knocked Barca out at the same stage last year, but Frank Rijkaard insisted revenge was not on his mind.

"I am not a guy who believes in revenge," said the Barcelona coach.

"I am not a guy influenced by what might have happened in the past. I respect my opponent and I respect their coach.

"Chelsea are a great team but it has nothing to do with last year. I don't feel more happy to win this game than another.

"We always work hard for a good result but I have nothing against Chelsea or their coach. I have great respect for the work he is doing."

News conference: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho

News conference: Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard

Interview: Chelsea's Frank Lampard

Barcelona 1-1 Chelsea (agg 3-2)
07 Mar 06 |  Europe
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