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Mourinho eyes Anfield glory
26 Apr 2007 - 08:08:33
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes his side are well-placed to clinch a Champions League final spot after a 1-0 semi-final first leg victory at home to Liverpool.
Joe Cole's strike just before the half-hour mark gave the Blues a slender advantage to take to Anfield next week and Mourinho is content with that position.
He said: "I am happy with the players, very happy. It is a positive result.
"We are in front and when the game starts in Liverpool, Chelsea will be winning 1-0.
"We had more than enough chances in the first half to score two, three or four goals. We had big chances to score and then they had a reaction in the second half.
"But they only had one chance - a Steven Gerrard shot that saw Petr Cech make an unbelievable save.
"We were not as dangerous in the second half although we had situations on the counter attack. But overall I think Chelsea deserved a victory.
"One goal more would have been fairer, especially after what we did in the first half. But football is about what it is and it is a 1-0 result.
"For sure Rafael Benitez and his people will think it is a result that gives them a chance to be in the final. But me and my people think the result gives us a chance to in the final, so everything is open.
"They are a strong side at home and they have a history of success in the Champions League over decades, but we think we have a chance."