PSG 1 Chelsea 1: Jose Mourinho pleased with ‘positive result’
Jose Mourinho singles out Thibaut Courtois for praise after the Chelsea goalkeeper made five saves in 1-1 draw at PSG
Jose Mourinho was happy with a “positive” first-leg result after Chelsea drew 1-1 with Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes in the Champions League last 16.
Blues right-back Branislav Ivanovic broke the deadlock in the 36th minute when the Serb guided his header past Salvatore Sirigu following Gary Cahill’s clever flick.
However, Chelsea, who lost 3-1 at the Ligue 1 champions in the last eight last season, were pegged back after Edinson Cavani nodded past Blues goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
I had five players in this game who did not train since Everton. We felt that a little
Speaking to ITV Sport following the 1-1 draw, Mourinho said he was happy with his side’s performance after a testing second half in the French capital.
“We could have lost, so I think the result is a positive one,” said Mourinho.
“I don’t say very good because it depends on the result of the second leg but it is a positive result against a very good team with fantastic technical players. It was a difficult match.”
Mourinho was quick to stress that Chelsea suffered with their own injuries ahead of the first leg after PSG were without five first-team players after a costly draw with Caen at the weekend.
“Sometimes people speak about the players when they are injured and do not play,” he said. “There are injured players who play, they don’t train to play. I had five players in this game who did not train since Everton. We felt that a little.”
On Courtois – who made five saves, including a vital stop to deny Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mourinho added: “When you see the performance of our goalkeeper you have to say yes, he made two or three important saves in the game.”
Chelsea, who won the Champions League at Allianz Arena in 2012, welcomes PSG to Stamford Bridge for the return leg on 11 March.