Inter coach Jose Mourinho was overjoyed with his side's 1-0 victory over Chelsea that saw the Nerazzurri progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in four seasons.
"It's a great moment for the side, and for all the players that in the last few seasons have struggled to get past this stage," the Portuguese boss said to Sky after the match. "It's a qualification that is deserved by the team, as they played a great match. There was no luck involved.
"It was the perfect match played by all - every player did their best and got the job done."
"This was the match that took Inter to the quarter-finals, and it has not happened a lot. We beat Chelsea twice, and deserved to go through.
"I knew Chelsea intimately, from their team, the atmosphere, the buildings, everything. I also knew that it would have been impossible to play for a scoreless draw and defend for 90 minutes.
"In order to beat them, I played an attacking formation, so that they could not score. They play a predictable game plan, and it works for them.
"All the players needed was a bit of faith in me, and it all went well."
Mourinho also admitted to celebrating with the players after the match.
"I celebrated like I never have before - I was not the well-behaved child in this instance. In the dressing room, I was overjoyed because Inter is my side, and Chelsea is my past. It will remain in my heart, but it is in the past.
The Portuguese also clarified the situation with his Chelsea counterpart, Carlo Ancelotti.
"There has never been a problem with Ancelotti. There may have been, at times, an exchanging of words and jokes, but there will always be respect.
"If I have time, I will visit his office and wish him all the best in winning the Premier League," concluded Mourinho.
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