Jose Mourinho slams Chelsea's uninspiring performance against Paris Saint-Germain
Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea succumbed to the pressure against Paris Saint-Germain, and said that PSG were better as a unit.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has criticised his team’s performance after the Blues were knocked out of the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain. The reigning Ligue 1 champions went through after drawing the second leg of the round-of-16 tie 2-2 at Stamford Bridge.
PSG went down to 10 men within 30 minutes of the game after star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was shown a controversial red card following a lunging tackle on Oscar. Chelsea, however, were unable to contain Laurent Blanc’s side, who came back twice to ensure their progress.
Mourinho, when asked about the performance said, “I want to discuss that with the players tomorrow and see the game in a calm way. I want to see their feelings, I want to know what they felt on the pitch and we must try to find conclusions about our performance. Our performance wasn't good enough.”
“Of course we have the game in our hands twice but the opponent was stronger than us. They coped better with the pressure of the game. Maybe because they were with 10 men we felt even more the pressure of winning and they had nothing to lose. They were just playing their game.”
“We conceded two goals from two set pieces where the organisation is clear and it's absolutely decided the players are in the zone. We conceded two goals that are difficult to accept."
Chelsea failed to make the extra man count
Mourinho also touched upon PSG's aggressive approach and hailed the French side for coping better with pressure while Chelsea failed to take advantage of the extra man.
The Portuguese said, “They were aggressive the same way [as in Paris]. They are what we used to call, in our side of the continental Europe, they were clever. In England that is not accepted as clever, intelligent, experienced people.”
“I wouldn't say dirty, but this is a great part of the game. We had the game in our hands twice [when Chelsea took a lead] and they coped better with the pressure of the game. We couldn't cope with that, we concede two goals in two set pieces and that is difficult to accept.”
“Last season we lost [the first leg] in Paris 3-1 and had one direction to go and that direction was without any pressure because the game was lost. Today with the 1-1, it was a dangerous result. We tried to win in this game, but the moment we had 10 men we felt too much that pressure.”
“We had a few individual performances that were not good enough but collectively they were better.”