José Mourinho spoke to the press after the goalless draw in Kiev that sent Chelsea to the third place of the Group G table, 4 points after three games with Dynamo one point above and Porto leading the the table with 7 point after yesterday’s 2-0 win against Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Anyway, the Blues still can qualify, even as first classified of the group, since there three games to go.
The Chelsea boss tried to analyse the match after the final whistle:
“The team made a good, solid performance,” he stated.
“The performance was solid, and that only happens when the team is okay. We had control of the game for 70, 75 minutes, We had control, initiative, chances, we had the post, we had the penalty, we had everything but we didn’t score.
“Dynamo had a strong performance, especially defensively. In the last 15 mins they felt a goal was possible, so then it was quite difficult mentally because we knew we wanted to win but we didn’t want to lose. The game in the second half is a little bit of a trap.
“The result in the end is acceptable, in spite of us having more chances and a clear penalty once more.”
The penalty that Chelsea was denied yesterday was not the only one that the Blues didn’t receive in this Champions League:
“Against Porto it was a clear handball in the last minute, today was not last minute but I don’t know why the referee decided not to give it.
“The referee was very good, I’m serious. He made one mistake. For example in the Rugby World Cup, the referee in the Scotland (v Australia) game was very good but he made one mistake, and because of that mistake Scotland lost.”
The manager analysed also the situation in the group, that we described above:
“Of course I think we can go through. Now we have a game at home, then Dynamo play Porto so at least one of them has to lose points, then we play Porto. This result keeps us in a stable position.
“In the last period of the game do we risk to try to win? Even the players for the last period of the game felt that pressure. So the result is acceptable because it keeps us in a strong position.”
Mourinho also stated that he noticed some improvement in the team in the last two games:
“We are much more solid. Two matches, two clean sheets, no problems defensively. The team was solid and compact, the midfield was really strong. We showed tactical effort and tactical discipline.
“We are recovering these qualities that are very important when you are not flying, you are not scoring goals and playing with that confidence and flair. These two solid performances are good for us.”