“We were the best team in Europe, without a doubt, we won La Liga beating all the records for points and goals and we would have won that final, I have no doubts.”
Cristiano Ronaldo had given Madrid control of the tie, scoring twice in the second leg to wipe out Bayern’s 1-0 lead from the opening fixture.
But Arjen Robben equalised to level the tie, while Bastian Schweinsteiger fired home thwe winning penalty in the shootout after Manuel Neuer had saved spot-kicks from Ronaldo and Kaka.
Mourinho said: “And the most cruel for me it is that we chose Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaká and Sergio Ramos for that round.
“They were a guarantee from the penalty spot, and that those who never fail would fail me… ”
Mourinho also remembers another galling Champions League semi-final moment – when his Chelsea side were beaten by Liverpool thanks to what the Portuguese manager termed “a ghost goal”.
Three minutes into the 2005 semi-final clash, Garcia fired home to see William Gallas hack his shot off the line.
The goal was awarded, with Liverpool midfielder Garcia later claiming he was confident it had crossed the line as he began celebrating.
And while Chelsea went on to win the Premier League title that season, Garcia’s winner propelled Liverpool on their way towards Champions League glory.
But Mourinho is adamant the goal would not have stood today given today’s goal-line technology.
“It was against Liverpool with a goal that today the VAR would not have conceded,” he recalled. “But Madrid’s hurt more, it was harder.”
The previous season, Mourinho had led Porto to an unlikely Champions League triumph.
And he said it still ranks as the greatest achievement of his career.
“We have lived through very happy moments, but if I have to choose one, I’ll take the Champions League with Porto,” the former Manchester United manager said.
“To win that title with a Portuguese team has a special flavour, and since then no Portuguese team has won it and we don’t know when we will win it again.”