Chelsea 2 PSG 2: Jose Mourinho to analyse Champions League exit with players

The Chelsea boss will hold a meeting with his players to discuss their Champions League exit at the hands of PSG

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta

Jose Mourinho revealed plans to hold a team meeting with his Chelsea players on Thursday to discuss their Champions League exit at the hands of 10-man Paris Saint-Germain.

With the aggregate score level at 1-1 heading into Wednesday’s last-16 second leg, PSG’s task became more difficult when striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off for a rash challenge on Oscar in the 31st minute.

Chelsea eventually took the lead when Gary Cahill fired home from close range in the 81st minute, but David Luiz returned to haunt his former employers when he headed home from a corner three minutes later to force extra-time.

We tried to win but the moment we had 10 men we felt too much that pressure

Jose Mourinho

Eden Hazard gave the Blues the lead again from the penalty spot after Thiago Silva’s handball, but the Brazilian made amends by heading in from a corner in the 114th minute to send PSG through on away goals.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Mourinho said that he wanted to analyse the manner of Chelsea’s performance with his players behind closed doors.

“I want to discuss why we lost with the players in a calm way,” said Mourinho. “I want to know what they felt on the pitch and try to find conclusions.

“Our performance was not good enough. The opponent was stronger than us, they coped better with the pressure of the games. Because they had 10 men we felt more the pressure of winning and they had nothing to lose.

“We couldn’t cope with that, we concede two goals in two set pieces, that is difficult to accept.

“Last season we lost in Paris 3-1 and had one direction to go, that was without any pressure. Today with the 1-1, it was a dangerous result.

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“We tried to win but the moment we had 10 men we felt too much that pressure.”

Chelsea return to action when they take on Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon at Stamford Bridge.


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