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'The Special One' believes his old side can beat the tournament favourites and reach their second successive final...

Inter head coach Jose Mourinho has tipped his former club, Chelsea, to beat the favourites to win the Champions League, Barcelona, in the semi-finals.

The self-proclaimed 'Special One' admitted that the Blues are set to face a side who are possibly playing the best football in Europe at present.

However, he believes that key personnel at Stamford Bridge will tip the tie in the west London club's favour. Mourinho is even backing the Blues to go on and lift the trophy regardless who they meet in the final.

"Barcelona are bang in form, they beat Sevilla 4-0 on Wednesday," Mourinho told The Daily Mail.

"But there is talent and passion at Chelsea. They will believe this tie is one they can win.

"I don’t think there is a magic formula, but there are players at Chelsea who deserve to win the European Cup. If they failed to win it in their careers, it would be a massive shame for them because they really deserve it.

"You want the best players in the world to win the European Cup. [Ricardo] Carvalho and John Terry can keep the best strikers quiet on their day.

"Michael Essien doesn’t stop running in midfield and he will be a big player for Chelsea over the two games.

"Also, we all know Didier Drogba loves to prove people wrong. He has hit form at just the right time. Anyone who still thinks he isn’t one of the best strikers in world football really doesn’t know what they are talking about.

"People are talking about it being Barcelona’s year and, with the way they are playing, that is understandable.

"But I know those boys at Chelsea and they will still be hurting from last year. It will be a tough game for Chelsea, but I think they can do it, and maybe go one better this year."

Ricky Brooks, Goal.com


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