Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho says Chelsea did not need to beat Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge to qualify for the UEFA Champions League knockout phase.
Chelsea eased the pressure on Mourinho as Willian’s brilliant late winner gave them a crucial Champions League victory over Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues manager in his reaction after the encounter said;
“To qualify we didn’t need a win so it wasn’t a drama at 1-1. We knew with a draw that we can win the next two matches and qualify in second. It was important to have a reaction to a negative moment. In other matches we’ve had good periods and played well, but when the negative moment arrived the team felt it too much and it was difficult to emerge again.”
“To win after conceding with ten or 15 minutes to go was important. It’s something I spoke with the players a lot about in the last two or three days, saying, “When the difficult moment arrives, face it. Don’t be affected, keep believing.” They were fantastic.
“I have to say Dynamo are a very good team. This team is much better than the one I faced with Inter in 2010. In the last ten years you looked at Russia and Ukraine and you didn’t think the teams are very good but that’s changing.” Mourinho told the UEFA official website.
The spectacular winner came shortly after Aleksandar Dragovic had equalised for the visitors, cancelling out his own goal which gave the English champions a half-time advantage.