Carragher critical of Mourinho tactics - did he cost them the final?

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Former Liverpool star and Sky Sports pundit claims Chelsea manager made a mistake in his tactical approach against Atletico Madrid.

Jose Mourinho may have cost Chelsea a place in the Champions League final, implies Sky Sports analyst Jamie Carragher, who pin-points the turning point in the climactic semifinal second leg against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday evening to be the introduction of striker Samuel Eto'o just nine minutes into the second half.

Eto'o though, conceded the penalty that saw Mourinho target Diego Costa convert from the spot to give Atleti a 2-1 lead, prior to Arda Turan providing the killer 3-1 blow in the 72nd minute. The result eliminated Chelsea from the tournament and propelled Atletico into the final, where they'll compete against Real Madrid.

Mourinho has divided opinion of late over his tactical choices, with his critics commenting that his defensive approach goes against the spirit of the game. His strategy in the first leg versus Atletico last week (0-0) and against Liverpool at the weekend (2-0) was even branded "anti-football".

However, Carragher has claimed that Mourinho's adventure left holes in Chelsea's set-up, which Diego Simeone and Atletico were all too willing to exploit: "I just thought it was a little bit early to go two up front and leave yourself with two in midfield," he said. "They hadn't dominated possession with the extra man in there but it had been a tight game.

"As soon as they went two up front the game seemed to open up and I just thought the substitution was a little bit too early. Mourinho has patience in these big games. They only needed one goal and it was important not to concede another and I just thought that they went a little bit early with that substitution."

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