The Portuguese manager has reached the last four on seven previous occasions but will go one better than that Tuesday — and surpass Sir Alex Ferguson's tally.
The tie will be the eighth time the Portuguese has taken charge of a last-four encounter in Europe's premier competition and his third at the Stamford Bridge helm.
|MOU TOPS SEMI SPOTS
Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)
Louis van Gaal
(Ajax, Barca, Bayern)
Pep Guardiola (Barcelona, Bayern)
|8 - '04, '05, '07, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14
7 - '97, '99, '02, '07, '08, '09, '11
5 - 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003
5 - 1960, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1973
5 - 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2010
5 - '09, '10, '11, '12, '14
That turned out to be his only Champions League semifinal appearance with the club as he moved on to Chelsea that summer. He took the Blues to the cusp of European glory, losing out to Liverpool at the semifinal stage in 2005 and 2007.
Mourinho left Chelsea a matter of months into the next season and did not return to soccer until the following campaign, when he agreed to coach Inter. His first season in Milan ended with a Serie A title, but disappointment in Europe as the Nerazzurri exited to Manchester United in the last 16.
However, the Portuguese led the Italians to treble glory in 2009-10, as they claimed the Scudetto, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League — Inter's first success in Europe's premier club competition since 1965.
That was Mourinho's second Champions League victory and his fourth semifinal in the competition. With three more added in consecutive seasons at Madrid, he will now surpass Ferguson with eight last-four appearances Tuesday.
It is also the fifth straight campaign the 51-year-old has reached the penultimate round of the tournament.