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April 28, 2010 5:01 PM

Mourinho's Field

Barcelona was a Bojan header away from pulling off a jaw-dropping and improbable advancement in the Champions League semifinals for the second year in a row. Re-live Iniesta's crushing stoppage time goal against Chelsea here (the announcers may be more exciting than the play itself). Today, however, Jose Mourinho's short-handed side prevailed thanks to solid goal-tending from Julio Cesar and an impenetrable defense.

It was a chippy game with plentyjose mourinho.jpg of flopping from both sides, stalling from Inter, a dubious red card against Inter and Jose Mourinho at his infuriating best -- mocking the crowd and, in the end, brazenly celebrating on Barca's home field.

But, as much as Mourinho and Inter Milan try to make you hate them, you have to give them respect. Mourinho was hired for the sole purpose of winning a Champions League title, and, despite disappointing exits the last few years, they're finally closing in on their goal. And, as in year's past, they didn't enjoy a fortunate draw. Instead, they turned 2010 into the revenge tour, defeating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and taking out former star Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Barcelona today.

We have three weeks to prepare for the Bayern Munich-Inter Milan clash in Madrid, so I won't venture a prediction yet. But, after watching what Mourinho's done throughout this tournament, it'll be tough to bet against them, no matter the circumstances.

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