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Inter's Jose Mourinho confident of knocking out Chelsea

Jose Mourinho
Mourinho took over as Inter boss in the summer of 2008

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho says his formidable record at Stamford Bridge could give his team the edge over Chelsea in the Champions League.

The Italian champions will take a 2-1 lead into the second leg of their last-16 clash at Chelsea on 16 March.

Mourinho, who admitted Chelsea should have had a first-half penalty in Milan on Wednesday, never lost a home league game during his three years in charge.

"Mourinho does not lose at Stamford Bridge," he declared.

The return leg will be Mourinho's first competitive return to Chelsea since his shock exit in September 2007, which came after he led the club to successive Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006.

"We can go there with a legitimate ambition to go through," said Mourinho.

"It's obviously not the result which ends the tie, it's not 3-0 or 4-0, but the most important thing is the result and we are ahead."

The Portuguese coach conceded that his return to Stamford Bridge for the second leg is likely to be emotional affair.

I thought it was a penalty. But it is only a penalty when the referee whistles

Carlo Ancelotti

"I have to control my emotions and have to be professional like I was today," he added.

"In the tunnel, it is not a normal game for me - and it is not for them either - but when the game starts, it becomes normal for them and for me; they want to win and I want to win.

"At Stamford Bridge, I don't expect anything other than people to be glad to have me back as we worked so well together.

"This time I will go back to a different dressing room, a different dugout but I know normally Mourinho is lucky at Stamford Bridge."

Mourinho saw his Inter side produce a committed performance in the Champions League to overcome his former charges.

Striker Diego Milito gave the home side the perfect start, taking advantage of some poor defending from John Terry and firing in after only three minutes.

Salomon Kalou equalised for Chelsea just after half-time with a 20-yard side-foot shot but Inter went ahead again, courtesy of Esteban Cambiasso's superb strike.

Just before the break, Kalou was controversially denied a penalty when Walter Samuel seemed to clip his heels after the Ivorian striker looked certain to score after running clear.

However, referee Mejuto Gonzalez waved away the protests from Chelsea.

"I came to Italy as an honest man and I will leave as one: tonight Chelsea deserved a penalty," stated Mourinho.


Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti also believed the referee made a mistake, while Kalou said he was stunned not to see the match official pointing to the spot.

"I felt Samuel touch my right leg but the referee told me that I did not have control of the ball any more when he touched me," added Kalou.

"But I was about to shoot and if he touched me on the back of the leg it should be a penalty or he should have booked me for diving."

Ancelotti, who was taking a club to Milan for the first time since quitting AC Milan for west London in the summer, was also confident that his side could progress into the quarter-finals of the competition on the basis of the first leg.

"I think that what we saw tonight, we have the chance to turn it around," commented Ancelotti.

"I think we played well. We leave without a positive result but it's not an ugly one either.

"We will play to attack and win the second leg in the same way we did in this game.

"We tried to attack and score from the first to the last minute."

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