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How did Chelsea ever let Mourinho go?
There will be plenty of time to pick apart Chelsea’s latest Champions League failure, but for now the question on many a fan’s lips on the way out of Stamford Bridge must have been simply, “How did we ever let Jose Mourinho go?”
Mourinho is still Captain of the Bridge, it seems.
The coach’s decision to play such an attacking line-up seemed to surprise Chelsea and Carlo Ancelotti never really found a way to deal with such an audacious strategy.
“We were the best team by far,” Mourinho told Sky. “To win here was almost a perfect performance not just by the team but by the individual players. They deserved so much this victory. Everything was superior, not just the tactics but the attitude on the pitch and Chelsea were frustrated immediately. They reacted like a team who knew the opponent was strong. They tried to go for the conflict, the long ball, the dives in the box.
“I celebrated a lot in the dressing room because it was a big victory for my team. I love Chelsea, I love this stadium and I love these people. But I’m a professional and who knows I could coach another English team and come here again.”
I expect Chelsea fans would love to see him back, just not in charge of someone else.
PHOTO: Chelsea’s coach Carlo Ancelotti (R) and his Inter Milan counterpart Jose Mourinho look on during their Champions League soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London March 16, 2010. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez