After Adrian equalised for Atletico Madrid on the brink of half time, Mourinho had two choices:
1) Take the logical approach of going all out for broke - after all Atletico Madrid held the advantage with the away goal.
2) Turn the match into a game of chess by adopting a defence approach to ensure they would not concede again, then going all out in the last 20 minutes.
Of course as we know Mourinho chose choice 1; in the 54th minute three time Champions League winner (twice a scorer in the finals) and serial big match winner Samuel Eto'o came on, in the 58th minute he gave away a penalty, in the 60th minute Diego Costa scored the penalty.
Had Mourinho kept it defensively, it would have forced Atletico Madrid to play their hand, especially as momentum was with them and they would have sensed an opportunity to strike while Chelsea were down. However, as Chelsea's defence is their specialty, I have every confidence they would have kept out any onslaught, especially as attack is not Atletico Madrid's specialty.
The longer the game would have stayed at 1-1, the less confident Atletico Madrid would have been in their attacking prowess - similar to Liverpool on the weekend. This would have forced Atletico Madrid to become nervous and sit deep, especially once the 70-80th minute hit. By that point with Chelsea having the home advantage and aerial bombardment causing many Atletico Madrid players (with perhaps one eye on the final) being weary of collecting another yellow card, Chelsea would have had probably won the match.
Of course, all of this could have been avoided if Mourinho attacked more at the Vicente Cauldron last week Tuesday. In the last 13 (now 14) knockout games that ended 0-0 in the Champions League first leg, 10 of those games were won by the away team in the second leg. This statistic alone should have told Mourinho that the away match was the time to have attacked, not at Stamford Bridge today.
Now that I think about it, many of those 14 matches will have belonged to teams managed by Mourinho; hopefully for Chelsea's sake he has now finally learned his lesson.
Until then, it is the Special 1 - 3 Atletico Madrid.