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Mourinho: Chelsea deserve to be out of Champions League

CHELSEA 2 PARIS ST GERMAIN 2 (Agg score 3-3)
Chelsea were eliminated from the Champions League on Wednesday night as 10-man Paris St Germain twice came from behind to win an ill-tempered last-16 tie on away goals at Stamford Bridge.

 

Jose Mourinho was scathing in his assessment of Chelsea and believes his side deserved to exit the Champions League to Paris St Germain on Wednesday night.

The Blues twice allowed 10-man PSG to come from behind to draw 2-2 and win an ill-tempered last-16 tie on away goals at Stamford Bridge.

"We didn't deserve to go through," Mourinho said.

"When a team cannot defend two corners and concedes two goals, a team doesn't deserve to win.

"The individual performances were not good enough and when you concede two goals from two corners it's about lack of concentration, lack of responsibility to cope with the markers and the space you have to control.

"When a team cannot cope with the pressure of being one player more and playing at home... we couldn't cope with that pressure.

"We deserved to be punished with this draw, defeat."


The first leg was drawn 1-1 and Chelsea's advantage grew when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was harshly sent off after 31 minutes.

Gary Cahill's strike nine minutes from the end of normal time was cancelled out by former Chelsea defender David Luiz, but the hosts went ahead for a second time through an Eden Hazard penalty early in extra-time.

PSG captain Thiago Silva, who conceded the spot-kick for handball, was denied from a corner by Thibaut Courtois but then netted with a header moments later to make it 2-2 on the night and send the visitors through.

The Frenchmen exited the competition last term to Chelsea on the away goals rule, but advanced to the last eight for a third straight season.

Jose Mourinho and Chelsea, meanwhile, are left to focus on their Premier League title bid.

PSG were fortunate not to be reduced to nine men in the first half when Luiz elbowed Diego Costa off the ball.

Striker Costa was then denied a penalty after a trip by Edinson Cavani as Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers had three big decisions to make within 12 minutes and arguably got all of them wrong.

The visitors had begun well in their bid to emulate Bradford, the League One side who inflicted Chelsea's only prior loss at Stamford Bridge this term.

Cavani hit a post for the visitors after rounding Courtois, who then saved from Javier Pastore as PSG created the better chances.

Costa might have been sent off for a foul on Silva and a confrontation with Luiz. As it was Costa and Luiz received only yellows.

Cahill converted after a corner and Luiz headed in before Silva was adjudged to have handled and Hazard converted the resulting penalty.

Courtois made a miraculous save to deny Silva before the PSG skipper's looping header from the resulting corner beat the goalkeeper.

It was unusual to see Chelsea concede two set-piece goals and they were made to pay after being second best in the contest.

The Capital One Cup winners exited the competition and there is the distinct possibility of no English presence in the quarter-final draw on March 20, unless Arsenal and Manchester City can overturn deficits next week.

- Sporting Life