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Carabao Cup third round draw

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By ESPN Staff

Mourinho: We were the better team again

Jose Mourinho claimed Chelsea's European dream was wrecked at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago and not in Barcelona.

Chelsea slid out of the Champions League after a 1-1 draw in the Nou Camp secured a 3-2 aggregate win for the Spaniards.

Ronaldinho gave Barca the lead before Frank Lampard levelled from the penalty spot in stoppage time.

Asked if the best team won, Mourinho said: 'I don't think so. For me the critical point was the result at Stamford Bridge. We were playing with 10 players for most of the first leg.

'I have not seen two games with 11 v 11 and we have not seen Barcelona win against us when we have had 11 players. However they are a great squad and I wish them luck.

'Last season they saw the quarter-final on TV and now we must do the same.'

Mourinho, who was jeered by the Barca fans, added: 'We are two completely different teams. They have great quality in one aspect and we have great quality in others.

'At this level of football details make a big difference. When I was a champion for Porto a goal in the last minute got us through, then last season against Liverpool we could not score an open goal in the last minute.

'This year we have to play one hour with 10 men. Now they can think about the quarter-final and we must think about the Premiership and the FA Cup.'

Barca boss Frank Rijkaard insisted this victory was not revenge for last season's defeat at the hands of Chelsea at the same stage of the Champions League.

Rijkaard said: 'I am not a guy who believes in revenge. I am not a guy influenced by what might have happened in the past. I respect my opponent and I respect their coach.

'Chelsea are a great team but it has nothing to do with last year. I don't feel more happy to win this game than another.

'We always work hard for a good result but I have nothing against Chelsea or their coach. I have great respect for the work he is doing.'

Rijkaard also heaped praise on Ronaldinho, who scored a crucial opening goal which virtually killed off Chelsea's hopes of reversing the 2-1 deficit from the first leg in London.

The Dutchman said: 'I was not surprised he made the difference. It was a special occasion with so much tension in the game but Ronnie's reaction was wonderful and I am so happy.

'The Barca team and players did a great job. It was important for us to win this game.'

Barcelona striker Henrik Larsson disagreed with Mourinho's opinion that the best team had not necessarily gone through to the last eight of the competition.

Larsson said: 'The best team won over two legs. We knew they had to come and attack and tried to make sure they could not get behind us.

'It was a very important result after last year and we are very happy.'