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Rebrov, Mourinho satisfied as Dynamo, Chelsea draw

Serhiy Rebrov said Dynamo Kyiv's display against Chelsea "deserved only praise" while José Mourinho was satisfied with the visitors' defensive improvement.

Mourinho: Destiny still in our hands
Mourinho: Destiny still in our hands
  • Dynamo Kyiv and Chelsea play out goalless Group G draw in Ukraine
  • Serhiy Rebrov particularly pleased with home side's second-half display
  • José Mourinho satisfied with Chelsea's second successive clean sheet

Serhiy Rebrov, Dynamo coach
I'm happy with how we played against such a great team. Our players deserve only praise. Perhaps they were too timid in the first half and didn't believe it was possible to beat these opponents. We played very well in the second half despite allowing them to have a few good counterattacks.

We've picked up just one point in both games against our main rivals in the group, Porto and Chelsea. But these teams have such quality that a home draw against them is a positive result. We're playing in the best competition against the best European sides. We were up against the best team in England, the champions, with only great players in their squad. It's a pity we didn't win – now we have to get points away from home.

I don't agree that Chelsea had control of the game until 75 minutes. I think we were better in the second half though I admit they had a few very good chances. Our players worked very hard and really fought for the victory. I congratulate them on their display.

Mourinho: Destiny still in our hands
Mourinho: Destiny still in our hands

José Mourinho, Chelsea manager
I see progress. We hit the post twice and gave a good solid defensive performance against a dangerous team. To lose this game would have been bad for us. But we put in a good solid performance. We had control of the game for 70 to 75 minutes.

We had the initiative, we had chances, we had [shots against the] woodwork, we had everything but goals. Despite having more chances, I consider the result acceptable. It keeps us in a strong position because we now have a home game against Dynamo, and they will also play at Porto, so one of these teams will lose points anyway.

Serhiy Rybalka and Oscar
Serhiy Rybalka and Oscar©AFP/Getty Images

It's always difficult against Ukrainian teams who have physically strong players, real box-to-box players, strong in the air and at set pieces. It's never easy here, and Dynamo also played well defensively.

In the last 15 minutes they saw that a goal was possible so we had to decide whether to take the risk or try to keep the result. The game in the second half was a kind of trap because we wanted to win but at the same time we didn't want to give them chances to counterattack.

We have two consecutive clean sheets, which is very good. We had no problems in defence tonight, we were compact in midfield and very disciplined tactically. When your attacking players are not flying, scoring goals and killing opponents, it's very important to be that solid in defence.