Galatasaray 1 Chelsea 1: Mourinho upset by lack of second away goal
Galatasaray 1 Chelsea 1: Jose Mourinho bemoans his side's inability to kill the tie with a second away goal
Jose Mourinho bemoaned Chelsea’s inability to kill their Champions League last-16 tie after his side were held by Galatasaray.
Fernando Torres’s early tap-in gave the Blues a deserved lead in the ninth minute in Istanbul, before the visitors conceded a sloppy equaliser when Aurelien Chedjou converted from close range after the break.
Mourinho’s men had plenty of opportunities to net a second before half-time and the Portuguese coach was disappointed that they could not manage another away goal.
“Turkish football is very emotional. We were playing against not just a big club, but a big club with big players – and it’s not easy,” said Mourinho.
“In the first half it was our game and we had chances once more to kill it.
The result is not amazing, the situation in the second leg will be difficult
“I’m not critical of my striker [Torres] because he had a very good game. But overall when we had counter-attack situations, we were missing the last pass, the last control, the last choice, because we had many occasions in the first half to score the second goal, which would have changed the story of the game completely.
“In the second half they put pressure on us. They have very powerful strikers and full-backs.
“My two more dangerous players in the first half – Fernando Torres and Andre Schurrle – they were both in trouble in the second half. Fernando was exhausted and Schurrle’s yellow card put him in some difficult situations.
“But we were comfortable and we conceded a goal from a corner. I can’t complain. The players were fantastic.”
Mourinho, whose side host Galatasaray in the return leg at Stamford Bridge on 18 March, continued: “The result is not amazing and the situation in the second leg will be difficult.
“If Stamford Bridge can give us 10 per cent of what this crowd gave them tonight it would be fantastic for us. I just ask for 10 per cent of what this stadium gave to Galatasaray.
“One-all is better than 0-0 so I think you cannot say it’s a bad result.”