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Jose Mourinho said that he was happy with Inter’s 2-1 win over Chelsea in the first of their Champions League tie at the San Siro in Milan last night, despite conceding a potentially crucial away goal and being kept on the back foot for large portions of the match. The teams will reconvene at the second leg at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho’s old stomping ground, in a couple of weeks with the tie finely balanced.

‘Of course, I'm happy inside,’ he said. ‘I was saying a few weeks ago that as a professional I want to win more than anybody else. It was a high-level game, no surprise, just my team playing with the quality they have. I told the players they are not better than us. Chelsea can play better and so can we. Now it will come down to the team with the greatest ambition.

‘We showed that we can be a very big team in the Champions League. Playing the first leg at home is always going to be complicated but we believe we can do well at Stamford Bridge. We had very good chances against Manchester United last season and why can't that happen again?

‘I think it was a penalty in the first half,’ said Carlo Ancelotti, speaking about the penalty appeal that was turned down at the end of the first half. ‘But a penalty is when the referee blows the whistle. We can say that we were unlucky this evening and we hope it will be better in the future. González is a very good referee with a lot of experience. Inter are a little bit less predictable than they were last year but, looking at what happened tonight, I believe we have quite a lot of chances to go through.’

The worst news of the night for Chelsea wasn’t the result however, it was the torn calf muscle of Petr Cech, who is a doubt for a second leg, although how long he will be out for is as yet unknown.

‘Cech had an injury on his calf and we have to check his condition over the next few days,’ Ancelotti said. ‘And we will see when he can return to the squad.’

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