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Then Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho received a two-match ban from the round of 16 knockout win against Bayern Munich, meaning he was banned from Stamford Bridge for the visit of Barcelona in 2005 Champions League quarter-final clash against the La Liga giants.
Mourinho was banned from seeing his players and had always claimed that he watched the tie at a nearby leisure club. However, he recently revealed to BeIN Sports for the first time that he was carted into Stamford Bridge in a metal container in order to give a team talk to his players.
Former Chelsea skipper John Terry, has now for the first time opened up on how Mourinho came to deliver a speech before the game as he broke UEFA’s rule to guide his team to a famous victory.
“I think if it was anyone else but the manager at the football club then it would have seeped out,” Terry told BeIN Sports.
“But everyone was so scared of him and respected him so much that it didn’t leak out at all.
“Obviously he told you [BeIN] that he was in the skip and he had to be wheeled from the outside into the dressing room but it’s quite a long way at Chelsea.
“He was banging on the skip, he was desperate to get out for some air. When he came in, him being him, he just jumped out a delivered a speech to us. Tactically he was on point but it was just a surreal moment.
“We knew [he was going to do it] because he told us in the meetings so it wasn’t a surprise. He was there [Stamford Bridge] prepped and ready well before we got in I think because the UEFA officials were hovering and expecting him to be there.
“He would go to limits like that to make sure we had our manager with us. He was like a father figure and you just felt safe with him around.”
Chelsea had lost 2-1 at Nou Camp, and Mourinho’s team talk seems to have worked as Chelsea leaped into a 3-0 lead with goals from Eidur Gudjohnsen, Frank Lampard and Damian Duff.
The game was far from over as Ronaldinho scored from the penalty spot before scoring a brilliant goal, when he curled an exquisite effort past Petr Cech.
Terry then scored an all-important fourth goal 15 minutes from time to seal the Blues qualification to the semifinal, only for Chelsea to lose to Liverpool.