Wednesday, 21st November, 2012
Jose Mourinho has been reflecting upon his 99 games so far as a manager in the Champions League, and hinted that his semi-final loss with Chelsea against Liverpool in 2005 still hurts.
The Portuguese will take charge of his 100th Champions League game this evening against Manchester City, with the clear aim of leading his Real Madrid side to victory over the Citizens at the Etihad Stadium.
Mourinho will become the youngest ever coach to reach the special milestone, while he will also enter an elite club of bosses to have clocked up 100 games in charge in the Champions League, with only four others having achieved the feat.
He has a number of happy memories from his 99 games so far, including when FC Porto played Manchester United, the moment, he told Diario Economico, "in which I realised that we could be champions."
However, Chelsea’s defeat at Anfield, thanks to a controversial Luis Garcia goal, which Mourinho famously labelled a "ghost goal" due to a feeling the ball did not cross the line, still rankles with the Portuguese.
Mourinho reflected upon how his side were dumped out "with a goal that did not go in.
"Since then I have been waiting for goal-line technology", he added.
Mourinho also revealed that, if he had to choose to play a home match anywhere, it would be at the San Siro, where he was all powerful with Inter.
"I know some will criticise me, but I will take the San Siro to play at home.
"It is a ground which provides unique support."
Mourinho has enjoyed a good relationship with the Champions League, winning it twice, with FC Porto and Inter.
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