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Jose Mourinho has dropped the strongest
hint yet that he may leave Real Madrid at the
end of the season following their Champions
League semi-final defeat against Borussia Dort-
Mourinho s future has been the subject of
much speculation after a poor Primera Division
campaign that sees them lie 11 points behind
arch rivals Barcelona with five games remaining.
The Portuguese has consistently skirted the
question regarding his future, but when asked if
he would remain in the Spanish capital for next
season, he replied: "Maybe not."
He added on ITV1: "I don t know but I want
to be where people love me to be."
Mourinho s comments will almost certainly
put more than one Barclays Premier League club
Manchester City and Chelsea have both been
mooted as possible destinations in the past for
Mourinho who managed the Blues from June
2004 until September 2007.
The 50-year-old left west London in acrimo-
nious circumstances after a falling out with owner
Roman Abramovich although Mourinho remains
Chelsea s most successful manager with two Pre-
mier League titles and three domestic cup wins.
Mourinho admitted in his post-match press
conference: "I know in England I m loved.
"I m loved by the fans, I m loved by the media
that treats me in a fair way, criticising me but
giving me credit when I deserve it.
"I know I m loved by some clubs, especially
one, and in Spain, the situation is a bit different
because some people hate me.
"Many of you are in this room."
Mourinho, who has also managed at Porto and
Inter Milan, added he will discuss his future at
the end of the current campaign.
Madrid take on city rivals Atletico in the Copa
del Rey final next month and Mourinho is focusing
on closing the season on a high.
"I didn t make a decision because I have a
contract. But more than a contract, because in
football contracts you break it when people want
to break, is the respect I have for the club and
the respect I have for the president," he said.
"That s why I want to play the final, I want
to finish the season, I want to try to win the final,
I want to try to finish second and at the end of
the season I want to sit in front of Florentino
Perez - my president, my friend - and decide
the best for me.
"I like the club, I like the president, I need to
be honest and fair and at the end of the season
Now that Jason Collins has made history as
the first active player in any of the four major
US professional sports leagues to come out as
gay, the 7-foot center is facing another big step.
His Washington Wizards did not make the
NBA playoffs, so Collins will have to wait until
next season to walk into a locker room and hit
the court as an openly gay player. Collins says
he s ready. Now it s time to find out if the locker
room is ready for him.
Collins will be a free agent this summer and
wants to keep playing.
Collins has received overwhelming support
since coming out on Monday. Fellow NBA player
Jerry Stackhouse says "the real response will be
once he gets a job."
Collins' big test will be
walking into locker room
hints at Real
Borussia Dortmund held off
a storming late Real Madrid
surge to book their place in the
Champions League final at
Madrid, trailing 4-1 from the
first leg in Germany, looked
down and out with the score on
the night 0-0 with eight minutes
to go, but two quick goals pro-
duced a grandstand finish to a
Karim Benzema pulled one
back and Sergio Ramos added
another in the 88th minute, but
Dortmund stood firm amid a
frenzied atmosphere to seal a 4-
3 aggregate win.
Dortmund were not the thun-
derous team that delighted foot-
ball fans around the world with
last week s performance, but
produced a disciplined showing,
with their centre-back pairing
Mats Hummels and Neven Sub-
otic particularly impressive.
It is Dortmund s second
appearance in the Champions
League final following their 1997
triumph, and this time it looks
set to be an all-German affair,
with Bayern Munich going into
their semi-final second leg
against Barcelona leading 4-0.
And it ended Jose Mourinho s
hopes of leading Madrid to glory
in Europe s top club competition
in what could be his last season
at the Bernabeu.
Mourinho started with Luka
Modric ahead of Sami Khedira
in the hope of giving his side
more attacking flair, while Angel
Di Maria returned to the starting
line-up, having started the first
leg on the bench.
Michael Essien stepped in at
right-back, while Pepe, given a
torrid time by Roberto
Lewandowski in the first game,
was left out.
Jurgen Klopp made no changes
to the side that produced the
blistering performance in the
Westfalenstadion, but had to
bring on Kevin Grosskreutz after
just 14 minutes when Mario
Gotze hobbled off injured.
"Yes we can"
The Madrid players took to
the pitch amid a deafening noise,
with the chant Yes we can ring-
ing around the stadium.
They began with the intensity
the occasion demanded.
They won a corner within the
first 30 seconds and Gonzalo
Higuain was put through on goal
by Modric after just four min-
utes, but he shot straight at
Dortmund s first chance came
on 13 minutes, Lewandowski
finding his way past Raphael
Varane following a through-ball
by Ilkay Gundogan but the four-
goal first-leg hero could only
shoot straight at Diego Lopez.
The goalkeeper cleared the ball
and barely seconds later Cris-
tiano Ronaldo, who struggled to
hit his usual heights, got a
glimpse of goal, but Weidenfeller
stopped the shot with his right
Mesut Ozil was then presented
with a far better chance and had
just Weidenfeller to beat after a
pass from Modric, but the Ger-
man midfielder aimed his shot
a foot wide of the near post.
Dortmund slowly began to
settle into the game and closed
Madrid down in midfield.
They rode out the first half
without ceding any more clear
chances to Los Blancos, whose
earlier energy fizzled out.
Keeping up the attack
Madrid kept on the attack
early in the second half, but left
themselves very exposed to the
counter attack when they sur-
rendered the ball.
Lewandowski blazed over
from ten yards out and moments
later crashed a shot against the
underside of the crossbar fol-
lowing a pass from Marco Reus,
whose pace exploited a commit-
ted and increasingly drained
Mourinho threw on Kaka and
Benzema in place of Fabio Coen-
trao and Higuain, but neither
player could do much to pene-
trate an energetic and robust
The German side could have
wrapped the tie up midway
through the second half.
Madrid were outnumbered as
Dortmund launched another
break and Reus combined with
Grosskreutz to play in Gundogan
five yards from goal, but Diego
Lopez leapt across the goal
superbly to keep the shot out.
The home crowd quietened as
the game ticked on, losing faith
in their side, who produced few
Ronaldo headed wide and later
shot over the bar from outside
the box before Kaka shot wide
Modric went over in the box
following a challenge from a
Dortmund defender, but even
few Madrid supporters behind
the goal believed he should have
been given a penalty.
At the other end, Lewandows-
ki was denied his fifth goal in
the semi-finals as his shot was
blocked by Essien.
All of a sudden, Madrid got
themselves back in the tie.
Benzema slotted home from
close range after a cut back from
Ozil with six minutes remain-
Belief in the impossible
The crowd started to believe
the seemingly impossible was
on and roared their team on to
Madrid won a corner soon and
Benzema almost got a second,
but his shot was tipped over the
bar by Weidenfeller.
From the second corner,
Ramos smashed his shot into
the roof of the net after a cut
back from Benzema.
The Bernabeu became a caul-
dron of noise, but Madrid had
just two minutes of normal time,
plus five minutes of added time,
to get that all important third
Madrid got another corner a
minute into stoppage time. Diego
Lopez ran up from his goal to
contest it, but the ball fell to
Ramos, who headed a few feet
Dortmund sat back and
absorbed the final moments of
pressure to make it to the May
Dortmund into finals
of Champions League
Borussia Dortmund players celebrating at the end of the game.
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