The outcome of Tuesday’s quarter-final ties raises the mouth-watering prospect of the ‘Special One’ facing the club he left in acrimonious circumstances last summer
Jose Mourinho insists he is unperturbed by the possibility of Chelsea being pitted against former club Real Madrid in Friday’s Champions League semi-final draw in Nyon.
The Blues booked their place in the last four of Europe’s elite club competition in dramatic fashion on Tuesday evening, with Demba Ba poking in an 87th-minute goal to overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit against Paris Saint-Germain and eliminate the Ligue 1 champions on the away goals rule after a 3-3 aggregate draw.
Both results set up the mouth-watering prospect of Mourinho facing the club which he left in acrimonious circumstances to rejoin Chelsea last summer, with a Champions League final place at stake.
But the ‘Special One’ is adamant that facing Madrid would carry no greater significance for him than taking on any of the other elite teams left in the competition.
“No,” he replied when the subject of being drawn against Madrid was raised. “It doesn’t matter. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico [Madrid], Bayern [Munich], Manchester [United] … it doesn’t matter.
“We are in the semi-finals. If the quarter-finals had eight fantastic teams, imagine the four that will reach the semi-finals. Anything can happen.
“A big opponent is waiting for us in the semi-final but it doesn’t matter who. They know we are a team with a special spirit even if we are not in the maximum of our potential.”