PSG 3 Chelsea 1: Jose Mourinho blasts ‘ridiculous’ defending
PSG 3 Chelsea 1: Jose Mourinho blasts his side's "ridiculous" defending after late goal in Paris
Jose Mourinho branded Chelsea’s defending as “ridiculous” after Javier Pastore’s late strike earned Paris Saint-Germain a two-goal lead in their Champions League quarter-final tie.
Ezequiel Lavezzi fired home an early half-volley to put the hosts ahead in just the third minute in Paris, but the Blues drew level through Eden Hazard’s 27th-minute penalty after Oscar was brought down by Thiago Silva.
It’s a difficult job now but not impossible, nothing is impossible in football
David Luiz’s own-goal just after the hour restored PSG’s lead, before Pastore’s stoppage-time strike gave the Ligue 1 side the advantage heading into the return leg at Stamford Bridge next Tuesday.
Asked about the third goal Chelsea conceded, Mourinho replied: “It was ridiculous, you say sloppy, I say ridiculous.
“But we played against a great team full of good players, especially the attacking players. You would expect them to score fantastic goals, you wouldn’t expect them to score the goals they scored.”
Despite the defeat, Mourinho remains convinced that the Blues still have a chance of reaching the semi-finals of Europe’s elite club competition.
“It’s a difficult job now but not impossible, nothing is impossible in football,” he said.
“But it will be difficult. They are the kind of team who, with the players they have, out of nothing can score goals, so it will not be an easy job.
“We are not a team full of talent who can score lots of goals, especially at this level, but you never know.”
Mourinho also explained his decision to start Andre Schurrle up front for the Blues before replacing the Germany international with striker Fernando Torres in the second half.
“I changed the team at 1-1 because I thought Fernando Torres could give us more depth than Andre Schurrle, the team was comfortable with Andre and I thought Fernando could give us a bit more,” he added.