The Champions League semifinal defeat to Liverpool back in 2005 will forever haunt every Chelsea fan, as Liverpool’s Luis Garcia scored a goal that never crossed the line to send Chelsea out of the tournament – a goal that has been tagged as a ghost goal by Jose Mourinho.
Garcia celebrated immediately even as William Gallas cleared the ball on the touchline and many believed Garcia did that to trick the referee.
The former Liverpool striker has now admitted that it wasn’t intentional and he thought the ball crossed the line.
“No, I didn’t,” the ex-Liverpool man told FourFourTwo when asked if he had celebrated in a bid to trick the officials.
“I had the best view of anyone and I celebrated the goal because I truly believe that I saw the ball go over the line.
“It all happened so quickly but look at my movement when I hit the shot, and also as Chelsea try to clear the ball.
“It’s natural because I saw what I saw, and that was the ball crossing the line.”
He then revealed that Mourinho rather than being angry wished him well after the game.
“I knew him well from Barcelona and he tried to sign me when he went to Porto,” he added.
“After that semi-final he came up to me and wished me luck for the final.
“I have so much respect for him, as I saw how hard he worked to get to where he is now.
“He’ll always deny my goal, but if I was him I’d do the same.”