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Mourinho: Happy to have avoided loss

Madrid: Jose Mourinho, back in Spain for the first time after three years in charge of Atletico’s city rivals Real, was unapologetic about his team Chelsea’s cautious tactics.

“It was a match for men, hard-fought, tactical, balanced,” he said. “Atletico dominated more but despite the problems we had, we came away with this result in what was the match of their lives.

“Now there is another game and it is at Stamford Bridge. It is not an incredible result but I knew it was not going to be easy to avoid defeat and I’m happy to have avoided it.”

Chelsea will be without goalkeeper Petr Cech and captain John Terry in London, who were injured on Tuesday, as well as suspended midfielders Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel.

However, fullback Branislav Ivanovic, who missed Tuesday’s match through suspension, should be available and Mourinho said he had every confidence in stand-in ’keeper Mark Schwarzer.

Asked if he planned to use more attacking tactics in the return, he added: “It’s a good question but I am not going to answer. We had problems before the game, during the game and lost four players, two with injuries and two with yellow cards, but we will fight,” Mourinho said.         (Reuters)