Michael Ballack reacts to Chelsea’s 2-1 loss to PSG

Michael Ballack was impressed by Chelsea's performance in their 2-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff    
michael ballack
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack Photo: BT Sport

Michael Ballack believes that Chelsea can take plenty of positives from their 2-1 Champions League defeat by Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night.

PSG took the lead at Parc des Princes when Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s free-kick deflected in off John Obi Mikel in the Chelsea wall.

It should give them confidence and hopefully they can repeat this performance

Michael Ballack

However, the visitors drew level in first-half stoppage time when Mikel powered home from close range.

Edinson Cavani then came off the bench to restore the Ligue 1 side’s lead when he slotted his finish past Thibaut Courtois in the 78th minute to hand PSG the advantage heading into the return leg in London in three weeks’ time.

The result means that Chelsea could progress through to the quarter-finals with a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge next month.

And former Chelsea midfielder Ballack was thoroughly impressed by what he saw from the Blues in Paris.

Speaking on BT Sport after the game, Ballack said: “They put this effort in – I have to give them a compliment because they looked fresh from the start.

“They were always attacking – if you see [Diego] Costa and Pedro up front until the end how they chased the ball.

“They looked really good and they were a little bit disappointed which they don’t have to be after that result, especially after the performance.

“It should give them confidence and hopefully they can repeat this performance at home.”

MORE: The latest Chelsea news and views

MORE: The latest Chelsea player tweets

Chelsea’s next game is their FA Cup fifth-round clash with Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

Get 5/1 enhanced odds on Joshua to beat Klitschko. Hurry, offer ends soon. Click here and sign up for an account now. New customers only. T&Cs apply. Enhanced winnings paid in free bets.

MORE: Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool stars among players out of contract in 2018

MORE: Seven reasons why Chelsea must keep Cesc Fabregas

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Back to The Sport Review homepage

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
20 Chelsea transfer targets Antonio Conte could sign in the summer
The Sport Review
Top 25 Muslim football players in Premier League: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal WAGs 2017: Meet Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
Roberto Firmino: 25 photos of the Liverpool forward’s stunning wife
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool stars among 16 players out of contract in 2018
The Sport Review
Murray turns tables on Ramos-Vinolas in Barcelona, Bedene extends winning run in Budapest
The Sport Review
Frank Lampard: What I really think about Man United striker Marcus Rashford
The Sport Review
Virgil van Dijk transfer: Why Chelsea could beat Liverpool to summer signing