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The Blues manager believes his team "can go home sad but with a clean face" after battling through injuries to put up a fight against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho lamented his side's injuries and tiredness after their loss to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

The Blues suffered a come-from-behind 3-1 loss at Stamford Bridge, which saw them bow out of the Champions League semi-finals by the same score on aggregate.

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Mourinho praised his players for trying their best to be fit for the match but feels that there were too many problems for Chelsea to overcome.

"I said [on Tuesday] my players were ready and they wanted to be ready because they wanted to play, they wanted to help, because they know the situation where we were so close to the final but at the same time with so many problems," he told reporters after the game.

"So every one of my players tried the maximum and [Samuel] Eto'o was here almost without a training session. Oscar was on the bench and he was injured.

"We had so many problems but the players gave everything and I am happy with them. They can go home sad but with a clean face.

"They did their work, they lost the game but they lost against a very good team."

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