Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho refused to criticise his side after bowing out of the Champions League after losing the second-leg of the Champions League semi-final 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues had gone ahead through Fernando Torres’ deflected effort ten-minutes before the break, but they could not hang-on as Adrian Lopez levelled on the stroke of half-time.
Then arrived the turning point of the match came on the hour as Thibaut Courtois brilliantly saved a header from John Terry, and within a minute Ateltico had won a penalty which was clinically dispatched by Diego Costa.
The win was sealed by Arda Turan’s late goal, and Mourinho admits that his side could not have given much more – but he felt they were the better side up until Atletico went ahead.
“I think until the penalty they were not the best team,” he told Sky Sports.
We had the game, we had more possession, more chances, we scored a great goal – we conceded a poor goal – we knew at set-pieces we would have chances.
“Terry had a great chance but it was a fantastic save and after that the penalty killed the game and there was only one team in it. We were trying and the players were trying everything but from that the moment the reality is that we knew we were out.”
“The first half was more ours than them but finished 1-1 – which is a completely open result. Then in the second half, one minute decided everything – one minute where the Atletico goalkeeper makes an impossible save from Terry’s header and in the same minute comes the penalty that kills the game. I don’t know if it is – but that is the crucial minute.
“At 2-1 against Atletico it is almost impossible and after that there is only one team with high morale, knowing with half an hour to go they have the game under control and the last period of the game was gone.
“Semi-finals and important matches are made of details and this was a big detail with the save and then the penalty that left them in a great condition. But congratulations to them they are a very good side and what they are doing in the Spanish league is fantastic and I congratulate them.”