Inter Milan battled to a 2-1 win over an impressive Chelsea to hold a slight advantage after their Champions League last-16 first leg at the San Siro on Wednesday.
Home striker Diego Milito netted on three minutes when he easily turned John Terry and fired in at the near post from six metres, prompting little reaction from Inter’s former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho who had promised not to celebrate.
The Londoners dominated a thrilling game for long spells and Salomon Kalou deservedly equalised on 51 minutes with a 20-metre shot before Esteban Cambiasso soon put the hosts back ahead after his first shot was blocked.
Carlo Ancelotti, who spent eight years at the San Siro as AC Milan coach, will be confident of turning the tie around in the second leg on March 16.
“It was a high-level Champions League game,” Mourinho told ITV Sport.”I said to my players, ‘they are not better than us, they are different to us’.”Chelsea and Inter can both play better. This is the Champions League, it is difficult to fully express yourself because of the pressure.”
Chelsea keeper Cech suffers calf injury
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech injured his calf in Wednesday’s 2-1 Champions League last-16 first leg defeat at Inter Milan.
“Cech had an injury on his calf. We have to wait and check his condition in the coming days and then we will know more,” coach Carlo Ancelotti told a news conference. The Czech keeper was carried off on a stretcher and replaced by substitute Hilario midway, prompting fears he had sustained serious knee damage.