Mourinho confident of Inter win at Stamford Bridge

Soccer News by on 02-26-2010 filed under UEFA Champions League

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FC Internazionale Milano coach José Mourinho said confidently that Chelsea’s players “know I can be successful at Stamford Bridge” as he looked forward to taking a 2-1 first-leg lead to London.

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho enjoyed three successful seasons with the London based club and admitted it was strange coming up against his old team at San Siro. A difficult test now awaits him at Stamford Bridge with Mourinho expecting his current team to prosper there too. “Even in the tunnel before going out on to the pitch it was clear it was not a normal game for me or the Chelsea players,” Mourinho said.

“Now I will return to Stamford Bridge, but in a different dressing room and sitting on a different bench. I will go back home but I will control my emotions because I’m a professional and I just want to win. This is not the ideal result, but I’m happy and the Chelsea players know I can be successful at Stamford Bridge. Before the game I told my players Chelsea are not superior to us. Both sides can play better than they did, but it’s hard to deal with pressure in such important games.”

Inter were knocked out by English opposition at this stage in each of the last two seasons, and Mourinho believes victory over Chelsea set a significant marker. “We have proved we are a big team in the UEFA Champions League as well,” he said. “Inter had failed to win games at this stage in the last few years. Now we have an advantage, but it’s only the first half and Chelsea will try to change the result at Stamford Bridge. We know it’s not over, but we created a few chances to score at Manchester United last season and I’m sure we can do the same at Stamford Bridge.”

Mourinho had Esteban Cambiasso to thank for the winning goal, the midfielder restoring Inter’s advantage on 55 minutes with a clinical low strike from the edge of the area soon after Salomon Kalou’s equaliser. “All goals come at crucial psychological moments,” Argentinian international Cambiasso said. “Diego Milito’s early goal showed we were going all out to win from the start.”

“Their goal, coming straight after the break, could have taken the wind out of our sails, but then my goal came just at a time when we could have been reeling from their equaliser. Scoring felt great, particularly because of the timing of the goal. They had just scored and could have grown in confidence while we were suffering, so I’m happy I scored when I did. I’m not getting carried away, though, because there are still 90 minutes left.”

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