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Tuesday 29 April 2014

Champions League: Mourinho proud as Chelsea exit

Chelsea knocked out of the Champions League semi-finals after losing to Atletico Madrid

Chelsea's Gary Cahill tackles Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was "proud" of his side despite being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals after losing 3-1 at home to Atletico Madrid.

After drawing 0-0 in the first leg, Fernando Torres gave Chelsea the lead at Stamford Bridge. Adrian Lopez equalised for the Spanish side and, a minute after Chelsea's John Terry's header was brilliantly saved by Thibaut Courtois, on loan from the Blues, Diego Costa put Atletico in front with a penalty. Arda Turan sealed the win for the Spanish La Liga leaders.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said: "I can't be critical of a group of players who are trying everything. It's disappointing to lose but I am proud of them.

"I prefer to say we did everything that was possible for us and if we had scored to go 2-1 up we would have been on top of the game."

Atletico will play Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

Key Points

  • Chelsea knocked out of Champions League semi-finals after 3-1 home defeat to Atletico Madrid
  • Blues take lead through Fernando Torres before goals by Adrian Lopez, Diego Costa and Arda Turan seal win for Spanish Liga leaders
  • Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho proud of players despite losing