Jose Mourinho pinpoints the moment which cost Chelsea a place in the Champions League final
Jose Mourinho has pinpointed Thibaut Courtois’ save from John Terry as the turning point in Chelsea’s semi-final home defeat to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, believing that and the subsequent penalty at the other end of the pitch killed Chelsea’s hopes of a third European final appearance in three years.
Courtois was controversially allowed to play in the match despite being on loan from Chelsea and made his presence felt in goal for the opposition, making a fine one-handed save from Terry with the scores still delicately poised a 1-1.
Mourinho feels that if that had gone in then Chelsea would have marched on to victory, with Atletico instead taking their place in the semi-final thanks to a Diego Costa penalty and Arda Turan’s strike.
Mourinho told reporters after the game, “One minute in the second half decided everything.
“A minute where the Atletico goalkeeper makes an impossible save to a John Terry header and then a penalty that kills the game.
“After that there was only one team with morale high, knowing that with half an hour left, they had control.
“For about 60 minutes we had the game, but semi-finals and important matches are made of details and this was a very important detail.
“Congratulations to them because they are a very good side and what they are doing in the Spanish league is fantastic.”