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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 February 2007, 23:07 GMT
Draw in Porto delights Mourinho
Jose Mourinho
Mourinho was delighted with Shevchenko's performance in Porto
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claimed this is his "best season so far" in England following his side's Champions League last 16 first leg draw at Porto.

Mourinho's position at Stamford Bridge has been under scrutiny, but the Blues' draw in Portugal gives them a good chance of making the quarter-finals.

And the coach said: "We're second in the league and still in the FA Cup, Carling Cup and the Champions League.

"Considering our injuries and problems, this is my best season here so far."

Captain John Terry was stretchered off after just seven minutes against Porto, but Chelsea fought back from a goal down to secure a valuable 1-1 draw.

And Mourinho said: "Under the circumstances, I am very happy with a draw.

As a Portuguese man I am proud that my country has such a good team in Porto - but they'll know it will be hard to beat us at our place

Jose Mourinho

"We lost Terry early on, which would not have been a problem if I had a centre-half on the bench but I didn't. It meant we had to change the system, personnel, everything.

"Then I had to take Arjen Robben off at half-time and was forced to change it all again. Given all of that, I am happy to score an away goal and not lose.

"As a Portuguese man I am proud that my country has such a good team in Porto - but they'll know it will be hard to beat us at our place."

Mourinho also reserved special praise for Andriy Shevchenko, who scored the Blues' goal and was a livewire throughout, saying: "I am more than happy with him.

"I am not saying that because of his goal. His work-rate and contribution is getting better and better and I'm delighted with him."



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