Chelsea have given themselves plenty of hope of making it into the Champions League final after holding out for a 0-0 draw in the magnificent Vicente Calderon yesterday.
Atletico Madrid came into the game on top form - and on top of La Liga - while Chelsea have had some troubles recently.
Defeats to Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa in recent weeks has all but seen Chelsea fall out of contention for the Premier League title - and given the way they lost to Paris Saint-Germain in their last away leg - Mourinho wanted to run a tighter ship.
And for all of Mourinho’s qualities his main one has always been defensively.
Chelsea were negative yesterday against Los Colchoneros - but there was good reason for such a performance considering the talent on offer from their rivals.
But given the criticism Mourinho often gives out against teams who face him in this manner - Atletico have not been forgiving in their assessment of his playing style.
“I think we played the [style of] game we had to play. We knew they were going to set themselves out the way they did but in the end we couldn't score a goal. It's a pity. We wanted to win but this game is now behind us. I'm not sure that they even had a strike on goal. We expected Chelsea to be that way. Our coach told us how the game was going to be and he wasn't wrong. Chelsea got what they came here for but we still have the return leg.”
Well Mario you are wrong - but only just.
Chelsea had five shots on goal, two of which were on target - while Atletico had a whopping 25.
But to give him a quick sting back only four of those 25 efforts went on target - a success rate of 6.25%.
Improve that Mario and you might not be complaining.