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Mourinho: Chelsea fear no one

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Chelsea brushed aside Galatasaray to move into the quarter-finals of the Champions League

Jose Mourinho has bullishly declared that Chelsea fear no one in Friday's Champions League draw after easing past Galatasaray into the last eight.

Chelsea sealed a comfortable 3-1 aggregate win with a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, to move into the pot along with European heavyweights Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid.

Jose's FA let off

Jose Mourinho has been sent off twice this season © Getty Images
  • Jose Mourinho will not face any action from the Football Association for his comments about referee Chris Foy, according to a Press Association report.
  • The Chelsea manager was sent to the stands by Foy towards the end of Chelsea's 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa on Saturday and was strongly critical of his performance.
  • Willian and Ramires were also sent off from his team and Mourinho claimed it would be sensible if the official was not be appointed to future Chelsea games.
  • But Mourinho appeared to be careful not to question the integrity of the official after the match and treading that fine line has reportedly allowed him to escape punishment.
  • Mourinho's dismissal was his second of the season - he was fined £8,000 by the FA following his touchline dismissal against Cardiff in October.

Borussia Dortmund are also likely to join them, holding a 4-2 advantage heading into their second leg at home to Zenit St Petersburg tonight, while Manchester United must overturn a 2-0 deficit at home to Olympiakos.

"All the big teams are there. All the big candidates to win the competition are there and we would welcome any one of them," Mourinho said.

"It would be very good for our evolution as a team and very important for us to play one of the best. We wait for the draw. It doesn't matter who. They are all welcome."

Mourinho also told ITV Sport his Chelsea side should now be recognised among the top eight teams in world football, suggesting they have taken a huge stride forward since winning the second tier Europa League last season.

"We are a club of the Champions League and now we are among the top eight clubs in the world," Mourinho told ITV Sport. "We are there, the players belong to be there.

"It is different to last season because last season was Europa League at a different level, but to come from the Europa League to the quarter-finals of the Champions League is important for the players, is important for the club.

"This was a difficult tie and one where everyone thinks we have to do it. The reality is not like that. Galatasaray is a big club with a lot of experienced players - especially away it is a very difficult match [against them]. I think we did very well."

Mourinho was then asked whether he suspected Chelsea would be the only English side left in European competitions when the draw is made, but he again reiterated his hope that United join his side in the quarter-finals.

"I hope it is not true," he said when commenting on the prospect of Chelsea flying the flag alone for Premier League clubs in the latter stages of the Champions League. "I hope Manchester United does it [against Olympiakos], but we are there. That is important for us."

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