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Unstoppable CR7, Relieved Mourinho

Jose Mourinho became just the second coach in history after Alex Ferguson to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League seven times last night.

And The Special One was relieved that Real Madrid’s quest for La Decima, and his own quest to become the first manager to win the Champions League with three different teams, is alive.

Galatasaray gave Los Blancos an almighty scare, and Mourinho knows they dodged a bullet with their 5-3 aggregate win, after the Turkish side’s heroics last night.

"We had (Cristiano Ronaldo’s opportunity) to score an open goal, and that would have made it 2-0," he told ITV.

"But because of their style of play, it was always going to be hard. I know that (Galatasaray) are strong mentally, I know they play with 50,000 plus 11.

"But we are in the semi-final and that's what really matters.

"The team was ready to work hard and they want to go to Wembley and play the final.

"Now we have a semi-final against a great team."

Ronaldo meanwhile, was yet again the difference for Real Madrid.

With his brace last night he became the first player in the storied Spanish club’s history to score 11 goals in a Champions League season.

And he has now scored a frankly obnoxious 48 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions for Madrid this season.

Without CR7 to trust in, things would be mighty different for Mourinho and co. But with him, La Decima is certainly within touching distance.

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