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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 April 2007, 06:20 GMT 07:20 UK
Mourinho expects Anfield success
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho
Mourinho was happy after Chelsea's narrow victory
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hopes his side's attacking threat will prove the deciding factor in the Champions League semi-final second leg at Liverpool.

The Blues take a 1-0 lead to Anfield thanks to Joe Cole's first-half strike in the first leg at Stamford Bridge.

"We normally score a goal and if we score a goal we have got a big chance of reaching the final," said Mourinho.

"I think Liverpool think they can overturn the result but we are winning 1-0 and have a good defensive team."

Mourinho was delighted with his players after their display in the first leg.

"I thought our performance was top class," he said. "We had so many chances and we finally scored with chance number six.

"The second half was different from the first. Liverpool attacked more and had a chance with a great shot from Steven Gerrard."

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Mourinho initially complained that referee Markus Merk had missed a "clear" penalty offence when Liverpool's Alvaro Arbeloa handled.

However, after watching replays which showed the incident was outside the area, the Chelsea boss tempered his comments.

"I don't know whether it was inside or outside the area," he said.

"For me the referee was top, but he made a mistake with the handball. It was a big mistake, but if it's a free kick it reduces the possibility of us scoring.

"He made a mistake, but normally the mistakes are against Chelsea."

Joe Cole was happy with his goal but insists the tie is very much alive.

"We'll see the importance of the goal next week - it's only half-time," he said.

"Liverpool played well in the second half and there was a bit of fatigue creeping in - it's one of those games where we had to dig in.

"It was a good battling performance from everyone and, although we're happy to win the game, we're not going to get overexcited.

"I've seen teams with bigger margins than us get overturned in the second leg, so it's a case of keeping our feet on the floor. Next week will be the decider."

However, he admits Wednesday's 1-0 victory could be a defining moment.

"It's the first time we've scored against them (Liverpool) in Europe and maybe it'll open the floodgates," he said.

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