Special One misses out on final

Jose Mourinho came agonisingly close to a dream Champions League showdown against his old club Chelsea. Instead he had to watch his Real Madrid side go down in a penalty shootout against the German side Bayern Munich.

The semi-final had started promisingly for Real, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice to give them the advantage. After Arjen Robben scored a penalty for Bayern, the tie was level and no further scoring in the second half or extra time took the teams to penalties.

Mourinho insisted the defeat would strengthen his determination to stay with Real and challenge in the Champions League again next season. Turning his thoughts to this year’s final, he declared his support for his old team, even if they will be without John Terry.

"John is missing but Chelsea are there and that is the most important thing," he said. "I want the Blues to win, even though I have a lot of respect for the reds. I have a blue rib, still. Inter and Chelsea mean a lot to me.

"I think Chelsea's boys were heroes, absolute heroes. Some people think they are the masters of the game and they will criticise Chelsea in the same way that they criticised Inter two years ago, but they know nothing. Nothing. They know nothing about character and personality. They know nothing about the effort or what it is to resist physically, emotionally and technically, with 10 men. They know nothing about organisation. They know nothing. That's why my heroes at Chelsea are in my mind and why Chelsea deserve to be in the final."

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