Guardian, Wednesday, March 19, 2014 3:03 PM
Chelsea is back among the best eight clubs in the world, Coach Jose Mourinho
proclaimed following the Blues’ easy 2-0 win against Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League Round
of 16 second-leg on Tuesday. The win ensured Chelsea’s progression to the competition’s quarterfinals with a 3-1 combined score over two games.
Speaking to the press after the
game at Stamford Brdge, Mourinho underlined the importance of qualifying for the UCL quarterfinals. "We are there [in the last eight] but it's different from last season because, then, that was the
Europa League and at a different level," he said. "To come from the Europa League to the quarterfinals of the Champions League is important for the club, important for the players. We are a Champions
League club and now we are among the best eight, the best clubs in the world, and we are there. The players deserve to be there.”
The Portuguese added: "All the big teams are there.
All the big candidates to win the competition are there. And we would welcome any one of them. It would be very good for our evolution as a team and very important for us to play one of the best. We
wait for the draw. It doesn't matter who. They are all welcome."
Meanwhile, Galatasaray coach Roberto Mancini
was disgusted with his team’s performance. "We
prepared this game and started at 1-1," the Italian said. "I was confident we'd do a good game, have chances to score, but it was really important to start the game without conceding a goal. Instead
we conceded after four minutes [to Samuel Eto'o]. During the game our more experienced players did nothing. For this reason it's difficult for me.”
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