UEFA League: Chelsea beat Bayern 4-2

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:51 IST

Chelsea defeated Bayern Munich 4-2 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final.

UEFA League: Chelsea beat Bayern 4-2

Chelsea defeated Bayern Munich 4-2 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday in the first leg of their Champions League quarter inal. After the match, Bayern coach Felix Magath and Chelsea assistant coach Baltemar Brito gave their reactions to the game. Brito spoke at the press conference in the absence of Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea head coach who has been banned by UEFA from attending either leg of the quarter final. Mxed emotionsChelsea will take a 4-2 advantage to Munich for the second leg of their Champions League quarter final against Bayern. The London side clearly hold the upper hand, but Bayern are by no means out of it. Their coach Felix Magath said that he felt mixed emotions after the game. He wasn't happy to see his team lose, but felt that Michael Ballack's late penalty had given them hope for the second leg. And Magath said that the mood among the team after the game was helped considerably by the late goal. "Obviously, that final goal gave us a lot of hope, and the feeling in the dressing room was one of: 'Yes, let's look forward to the next game'," he added.Coach banned Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho was, of course, banned from attending the match, as well as the second leg. UEFA has imposed a suspension following his controversial comments regarding Barcelona and referee Anders Frisk in the previous round. In Mourinho's absence, his assistant coach Baltemar Brito faced the press after the game. Brito said he felt that the 4-2 victory would give them the necessary platform to go through, but that the team must now turn their focus away from the Champions League and back to their domestic campaign. Difficult timesDespite the victory, Brito said that Mourinho's absence had still been difficult for the team to cope with. Under the terms of Mourinho's touchline ban, he was not allowed to speak to any of his players or staff during the game. Television pictures seemed to show fitness coach Rui Faria holding a hand to his ear under a hat and then passing on notes. But Chelsea have said they do not expect to face any UEFA action, and Brito claimed there had been no contact at all from Mourinho. "None at all, no. During the week we prepared very well for this game. The last time I saw him was about two to three hours before kick-off, and I haven't spoken to him since," said Brito. So, the victory was not without its controversy once again. But, love them or loathe them, few can deny that the antics and exploits of the Chelsea circus - both on and off the pitch - make for compulsive viewing. (AP)



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