Munich: Jose Mourinho refused to comment on the performance of the English referee Howard Webb in his side's 2-1 Champions League semi-final first-leg defeat against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, except to say that the Bavarians' first goal was offside. "I don't criticise the referee; I accept his decisions," Mourinho, who has a reputation for doing exactly the opposite, told reporters.
"They scored a goal, which should have been disallowed but that doesn't give me any reason to criticise. A draw would have been a fairer result. This is football, whoever scores wins and the game ends when it ends, nothing else. "It's not a terrible result," he added after Bayern snatched a win with a last-minute goal.
"We wanted to win, you start to feel it's going to be difficult. The two teams were tired. There was a lot of fighting for the ball and when it seemed it would be a draw, they scored," Mourinho said.
Although it was a fractious encounter, Bayern's 66-year-old coach, Jupp Heynckes, thought it used to be worse in the old days. "It's the semi-final of the Champions League, so it was always going to be a physical match and both teams showed that," he said. "When I think of the old European Cup, especially against [the] Italian teams, those were hard fights back then, often very difficult.
"I think the referee, apart from a few incidents, had a good game," the Bayern coach concluded.