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Chelsea fans have the right to boo Hazard, says Hiddink

By Matt McGeehan

Published 10/03/2016

Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Stamford Bridge in London on March 9, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Stamford Bridge in London on March 9, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: John Mikel Obi of Chelsea is shown the yellow card by referee Felix Brych of Germanmy during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, second leg match between Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain at Stamford Bridge on March 9, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: The injured Diego Costa of Chelsea is consoled by Head Coach Laurent Blanc (L) of PSG and Guus Hiddink (R) interim manager of Chelsea as he leaves the pitch during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, second leg match between Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain at Stamford Bridge on March 9, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) celebrates scoring their second goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Stamford Bridge in London on March 9, 2016. / AFP / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian (R) takes on Paris Saint-Germain's Italian midfielder Thiago Motta (L) during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Stamford Bridge in London on March 9, 2016. / AFP / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian midfielder Lucas Moura eyes the ball during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Stamford Bridge in London on March 9, 2016. / AFP / BEN STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint Germain's Thiago Silva celebrates after his side's second goal scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (not pictured) during the UEFA Champions League, Round of Sixteen, Second Leg match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 9, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire.
Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) slots the ball past Chelsea's Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (L) to score his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Stamford Bridge in London on March 9, 2016. / AFP / BEN STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Diego Costa of Chelsea scores a goal o level the scores at 1-1 during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, second leg match between Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain at Stamford Bridge on March 9, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink dejected on the touchline during the UEFA Champions League, Round of Sixteen, Second Leg match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 9, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Chelsea's Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta (R) celebrates after Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa (L) scored their first goal to equalise 1-1 during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Stamford Bridge in London on March 9, 2016. / AFP / BEN STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea's Diego Costa during the UEFA Champions League, Round of Sixteen, Second Leg match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 9, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Adrien Rabiot (2nd L) of PSG is congratulated by teammates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, second leg match between Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain at Stamford Bridge on March 9, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Marquinhos of PSG and Eden Hazard of Chelsea compete for the ball during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, second leg match between Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain at Stamford Bridge on March 9, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Angel Di Maria of PSG is tackled by John Mikel Obi of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, second leg match between Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain at Stamford Bridge on March 9, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Angel Di Maria of PSG reacts after a missed chance on goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, second leg match between Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain at Stamford Bridge on March 9, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Chelsea's Dutch interim manager Guus Hiddink (R) greets Paris Saint-Germain's French head coach Laurent Blanc (L) as they arrive for the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Stamford Bridge in London on March 9, 2016. / AFP / BEN STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender Marquinhos (L) vies with Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (R) during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Stamford Bridge in London on March 9, 2016. / AFP / BEN STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea's Kenedy (right) and Paris Saint Germain's Adrien Rabiot (left) battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League, Round of Sixteen, Second Leg match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 9, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Diego Costa of Chelsea is challenged by Angel Di Maria of PSG during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, second leg match between Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain at Stamford Bridge on March 9, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Paris Saint-Germain's French midfielder Adrien Rabiot (2L) scores the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Stamford Bridge in London on March 9, 2016. / AFP / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: PSG fans enjoy the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, second leg match between Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain at Stamford Bridge on March 9, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: PSG fans enjoy the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, second leg match between Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain at Stamford Bridge on March 9, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
A Paris Saint Germain fan in the stands before the UEFA Champions League, Round of Sixteen, Second Leg match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 9, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: PSG fans enjoy the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, second leg match between Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain at Stamford Bridge on March 9, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: PSG fans enjoy the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, second leg match between Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain at Stamford Bridge on March 9, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: PSG fans enjoy the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, second leg match between Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain at Stamford Bridge on March 9, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Paris Saint-Germain fans sing in the crowd before the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Stamford Bridge in London on March 9, 2016. / AFP / BEN STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint Germain fans cheer on their side before the UEFA Champions League, Round of Sixteen, Second Leg match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 9, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire.
A general view of Stamford Bridge before the UEFA Champions League, Round of Sixteen, Second Leg match at Stamford Bridge, London. PA

Next season appears likely to be Chelsea's first without Champions League football under the ownership of Roman Abramovich, who took over in 2003.

Their most recent season without top-level European competition was in 2002-03, when they played in the Uefa Cup.

Chelsea's only losses under interim boss Guus Hiddink have been inflicted by PSG, who advanced to the quarter-finals for the fourth straight season and the second in a row at the expense of the Blues.

Away goals had separated the sides in the last two seasons - Chelsea won the quarter-final tie in 2014, but were defeated at the last-16 stage in 2015 - and John Obi Mikel's strike on February 16 at Parc des Princes gave Chelsea a fighting chance.

The performance of Diego Costa did, too. He cancelled out Adrien Rabiot's opener before departing injured after an hour. And seven minutes later Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck in a cathartic moment for the Sweden striker, who missed the 2014 tie through injury and called Chelsea's players "babies" following his sending off 12 months ago.

Eden Hazard was again disappointing and he was booed by a handful of home supporters as he was replaced 13 minutes from time, nursing a hip injury which makes him a doubt for Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final at Everton.

Talking about both Costa and Hazard, Hiddink said: "We'll see if there's big damage tomorrow.

"Diego was desperate to play against PSG, although he was not 100 per cent fit. I don't know if that became worse. I don't know if it's worse than before the Stoke game (which Costa missed as a precaution)."

On the booing of Hazard, Hiddink said: "Yes, they had the right to do what they think. You can always express your feelings."

Hazard had at half-time swapped shirts with Angel di Maria, something Hiddink said he did not approve of, although he refused to condemn the Belgian.

"I'm aware. It should not have been done," the Dutchman said.

"But in some countries it's usual that you do it (at half-time) and not after the game. Maybe they're both used to doing that. Don't overvalue this issue."

Hiddink felt Chelsea showed PSG too much respect early on and were punished when seeking a second goal.

"We pushed in the second-half, we tried to get 2-1 (ahead)," Hiddink added.

"We were on the edge around the 65th minute to score. We didn't do so, and they had an attack and unfortunately for us they killed the game at that moment."

PSG boss Laurent Blanc felt his side controlled the game.

"We were preparing for a tough match and we were right to do so," Blanc said.

"We didn't necessarily think we were able to put in such a good performance away from home, so that is very pleasing for us.

"We controlled the game and that allowed us to have an easier night than we perhaps expected to."

Blanc praised Di Maria and Ibrahimovic for their performances.

He added: "Angel di Maria gave Chelsea a problem from start to finish. They never knew where he was, but we always knew where to find him with the ball.

"Zlatan performed at the level that he has been performing throughout this season.

"I don't necessarily think it's going to give him any more confidence. He has plenty of that as it is. He scored the decisive goal and also laid on an assist so it was a good night for him."

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