'Diving' Kalou deserved penalty: Jose admits Chelsea were unlucky

25 February 2010 04:34
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has admitted Chelsea should have had a penalty at the San Siro on Wednesday night, although he also accused Salomon Kalou of 'diving at the right moment' in a bid to deceive the referee.   [LNB]Kalou went down under a clumsy challenge from Walter Samuel just before half-time when the score was 1-0 to the home side.   [LNB]No penalty: Kalou appeared to be fouled by Samuel [LNB]Spanish official Manuel Gonzalez waved away the Chelsea protests with Kalou going on to grab an equaliser before Esteban Cambiasso restored Inter's advantage ahead of the second leg.   [LNB]Kalou was quick to refer to the incident post-match and while Mourinho accepted it ought to have been a spot-kick, he also claimed the Ivory Coast striker knew what he was doing when he hit the turf.   [LNB]'We were a bit lucky,' he told Sky Sports, 'but Kalou was clever. He dived at the right moment. Normally it's a penalty.   [LNB]'The referee looked over to the linesman and the linesman told him no.'   [LNB]Mourinho was happy to have eked out a narrow lead before his eagerly-awaited return to Stamford Bridge.   [LNB]He added: 'It's an advantage. It's different to go there with a draw or a defeat than to go there in front.   [LNB] Harsh on Chelsea: Mourinho believes the Blues should have been awarded a penalty [LNB]'When the game starts at Stamford Bridge, in the first second of the game Inter will be in the quarter-finals and Chelsea will be out.   [LNB]'After that we will see, there will be another 90 minutes but at the start... 'Mentally that is an advantage.'[LNB]Up for the battle: Inter midfielder Cambiasso[LNB]Mourinho was today hailed by Inter owner Massimo Moratti for getting the better of former AC Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti, now in charge of the west London club.   [LNB]'I had no doubts about my team. Knowing my players and, above all, knowing Mourinho, who had prepared this match well,' he said on www.inter.it.  [LNB]'Putting on (Mario) Balotelli at the end of the match is typical of a coach who thinks about the best victory rather than about himself.  'He knows how to change his team with different systems and change it according to the situation.' [LNB]Esteban Cambiasso, who scored the winning goal in Wednesday night'sgame, insists the tie is far from over and expects a ferocious contestin the return leg at Stamford Bridge.[LNB]'The second goal gave us more security for the rest of the match, now we expect a battle in the second leg.[LNB]'I remember the last game that we lost against Manchester United inEngland and I really don't want that to get repeated. We are all goingto do what is possible to be able to get to the next stage of thecompetition.'[LNB] It was a penalty! Kalou blasts referee for failing to award Chelsea spot-kick Bridge calls time on England as full-back fears 'divisive' Terry reunionSpecial KO - Petr Cech injured as Jose takes control of Champions League tieCHELSEA FC

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