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The Portuguese has been criticised in some quarters for not pursuing an away goal in the first leg in Madrid and naming six defenders in his starting XI on Wednesday

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Chelsea crashed out of the Champions League on Wednesday evening after a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge and now appear likely to end the season without a trophy.

Jose Mourinho surprised many before the match by selecting six nominal defenders in his starting XI for the second leg, with Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz occupying defensive-minded midfield roles.

Adrian levelled the tie on the stroke of half-time and Mourinho responded on 53 minutes by bringing on Samuel Eto'o but the Cameroonian's decisive contribution was to concede the penalty which decided the match.

The Special One has been criticised this season for his defensive tactics and Wednesday's result raises the question of whether Chelsea should have looked more purposefully for an away goal at the Estadio Vicente Calderon in the first leg.

Alternatively, the fact that the Blues crashed out at the group stage of the tournament last season might suggest that Mourinho's expertise is the main reason why they made it as far as the semi-finals in the first place.

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