José Mourinho praised how Chelsea responded to a "negative moment" during their win over Dynamo Kyiv, whose coach Serhiy Rebrov paid tribute to the "splendid" victors.
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- Late goal from Willian gives Chelsea victory against Dynamo
- Blues manager José Mourinho salutes his team's positive approach
- Defeated coach Serhiy Rebrov vows Dynamo will keep fighting
José Mourinho, Chelsea manager
To qualify we didn't need a win so it wasn't a drama at 1-1. We knew with a draw that we can win the next two matches and qualify in second. It was important to have a reaction to a negative moment. In other matches we've had good periods and played well, but when the negative moment arrived the team felt it too much and it was difficult to emerge again.
To win after conceding with ten or 15 minutes to go was important. It's something I spoke with the players a lot about in the last two or three days, saying, "When the difficult moment arrives, face it. Don't be affected, keep believing." They were fantastic.
I have to say Dynamo are a very good team. This team is much better than the one I faced with Inter in 2010. In the last ten years you looked at Russia and Ukraine and you didn't think the teams are very good but that's changing.
Serhiy Rebrov, Dynamo manager
We lacked aggression in the first half. You can't defend all the time against a side like them, but it's a credit to Chelsea who didn't allow us to build any counterattacks. The situation got better after the introduction of Denys Garmash and we looked more solid after the break.
I warned the players about Chelsea's set pieces. They have very talented performers up front, so we asked our players not to give away fouls close to the box. We tried to play positive football and a draw would have been a good result for us.
Everyone's disappointed now in the dressing room, but that doesn't take away from the fact Chelsea were splendid today. We're playing in Europe's top tournament and we'll keep on fighting for each point in the last two matches.