Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has expressed his delight at the Stamford Bridge side making it through to the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Blues favourite also said he would love to meet his old club in the competition with current side Real Madrid – but only in the final.

Didier Drogba, John Terry and Frank Lampard all scored to take the second-leg with Napoli to extra-time, where Branislav Ivanovic popped up with the winning goal – all of which cheered the Portuguese coach.

“People can't understand how much I love Chelsea and I know if I get them in the quarter-finals or the semi-finals, they would be great opponents,” he is quoted as saying in The Telegraph.

“I'm happy Chelsea have got through, but I'd love to play them in the final.”

It was an emotional night for the west Londoners, who had been written off by many after they were beaten 3-1 in the first leg in Naples.

The club was in turmoil after that loss and then manager Andre Villas-Boas’ poor run continued before he was sacked 11 days ago.

His assistant, Roberto di Matteo, was given temporary charge of the team and this was the third win in a row under his guidance.

Mourinho has been widely tipped as Villas-Boas’ permanent replacement this summer, though he will currently be preoccupied somewhat by Real’s own Champions League campaign and La Liga title chase, which they lead by ten points over rivals Barcelona.

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