Jose Mourinho has said he will be cheering former club, Chelsea, in the finals of the Champions League next month. The Real Madrid manager was denied a chance to come face to face with a club he worked at for about three years, after Bayern Munich won a tense penalty shoot-out at the Bernabeu.
Mourinho defended Ronaldo, Kaka and Ramos who lost
their kicks, saying they were under “brutal” pressure, but still had the
“balls” to step up.
He also reserved praise for the Chelsea side that defeated Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate to reach the finals.
[Terry] is missing but Chelsea are there [in the final] and that is the
most important thing,” he said. “I just hope it is a good final and of
course I want the Blues to win, even though I have a lot of respect for
the reds. I have a blue rib, still. Inter and Chelsea mean a lot to me.”
think Chelsea’s boys were heroes [against Barcelona], absolute heroes.
Some people think they are the masters of the game and they will
criticise Chelsea in the same way that they criticised Inter two years
ago, but they know nothing. Nothing.
“They know nothing about
character and personality. They know nothing about the effort or what it
is to resist physically, emotionally and technically, with 10 men. They
know nothing about organisation. They know nothing. That’s why my
heroes at Chelsea are in my mind and why Chelsea deserve to be in the
final. One of the great things about football is that it is
unpredictable. Chelsea have fantastic fans and so do Bayern Munich so I
hope they enjoy the final. And I hope Chelsea win.”