But, with time running out and Chelsea needing a second goal to draw level with Paris Saint-Germain on aggregate but move ahead on away goals, Mourinho's throw of the dice paid off as Ba expertly finished from close-range after anticipating Cesar Azplicueta's low shot.
And what followed was classic Mourinho:
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Of course, Mourinho was breaking the rules - he is not supposed to leave his technical area and he seemed to encroach on the pitch. Sensible refereeing meant he was not punished, but UEFA have a tendency to be sticklers for the rules.
Afterwards, Jose insisted he was merely trying to give tactical instructions to his players; indeed, he could be seen whispering sweet nothings into Andre Schuerrle's ear.
"Three minutes plus extra time playing the way we were playing... it was too risky. I wanted to tell them to play in front of the defenders because I knew Alex was going there for the long balls, to tell Fernando (Torres) to defend Maxwell because he is a full-back who attacks more. I wanted to tell my two fresh players to play differently."
But we all know that Mou loves a touchline run and a group hug - indeed, he etched himself on to the memory of English fans with this little puppy way back when:
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