Jose Mourinho says his Inter side will travel to Stamford Bridge for the second leg of their Champions League tie with Chelsea full of confidence after earning a 2-1 win at San Siro.
“We can go there with a legitimate ambition to go through,” he said.
“The most important thing is the result and we are ahead. It’s not obviously the result which ends the tie, it’s not 3-0 or 4-0, but no team is leading by two goals at this stage of the Champions League.”
Mourinho will make an emotional return to Stamford Bridge on March 16, but he has no concens about being able to set his own feelings aside for the evening.
“I have to control my emotions and have to be professional like I was today,” he said. “In the tunnel, it is not a normal game for me – and it is not for them either – but when the game starts, it becomes normal for them and for me; they want to win and I want to win.
“At Stamford Bridge, I don’t expect anything other than people to be glad to have me back as we worked so well together. This time I will go back to a different dressing room, a different dugout and but I know normally Mourinho is lucky at Stamford Bridge.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti said he saw enough from the match at the San Siro to give him confidence for the second leg.
“I think that what we saw tonight, we have the chance to turn it around,” said the Blues boss, former coach of Inter’s city rivals x Milan.
“I think we played well. We leave without a positive result, but it’s not an ugly one either. We will play to attack and win the second leg in the same way we did in this game. We tried to attack and score from the first to the last minute.”