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Jose Mourinho: I would love Real Madrid to play Chelsea in Champions League final


Jose Mourinho. Photo: Getty Images

Jose Mourinho. Photo: Getty Images

Jose Mourinho. Photo: Getty Images

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is hoping for a dream Champions League final against his former club Chelsea

Nine-time winners Real beat CSKA Moscow 4-1 in the second leg of their last 16 tie, for a 5-2 aggregate win, with Cristiano Ronaldo grabbing two of the goals.

No sooner had the night's business been settled, however, than Mourinho was already eyeing Chelsea, who won an extra-time thriller to defeat Napoli, as potential final opponents in May.

"People can't understand how much I love Chelsea and I know if I get them in the quarter-finals or the semi-finals, they would be great opponents," said Mourinho, who has been widely-tipped to retake the reins at Stamford Bridge in the summer.

"I'm happy Chelsea have got through, but I'd love to play them in the final."

Chelsea interim manager Roberto Di Matteo believes Wednesday night's Champions League success will go down as a significant moment in the club's history.

The west Londoners overcame the odds at Stamford Bridge to progress to the last eight, overcoming a 3-1 first-leg defeat in Napoli to go through 5-4 on aggregate.

Didier Drogba, John Terry and Frank Lampard - the men the sacked Andre Villas-Boas seemed so determined to discard - proved just how difficult they would be to replace with a goal each in a thrilling win.

Although Gokhan Inler netted for Napoli at 2-0, Branislav Ivanovic settled the tie on the stroke of half-time in extra-time on a night every bit as historic as Chelsea captain Terry had predicted.

"For the club, you know, it meant a lot," said Di Matteo, who ran on to the pitch to embrace the Chelsea players on the final whistle.

"To still be able to play in the Champions League, and also you could see how much it meant to the players.

"I think everybody was very happy and delighted that we managed to stay in the Champions League after putting on such a big performance.

"I've had some great nights, I have to say, but I think it will probably go down in the club's history.

"To have come back from a two-goal deficit from the first leg and you saw the players tonight, how they performed.

"They showed passion, that they care about the team, the club, the supporters. We gave us a big boost going forward."