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Chelsea failed to match PSG, blasts Jose Mourinho

By Sam Wallace

Jose Mourinho was brutally honest in his assessment of Chelsea's Champions League exit at the hands of PSG at Stamford Bridge: "We were not good enough."

The Blues were clear favourites to progress after drawing the first leg 1-1 in Paris three weeks ago.

And when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was harshly red carded for a challenge on Oscar on the half hour, PSG's hopes looked to have evaporated.

Chelsea looked home and hosed after Gary Cahill scored on 81 minutes, but an equaliser from former Stamford Bridge defender David Luiz took the tie into extra time.

A needless handball by Thiago Silva gifted Eden Hazard a penalty which he scored.

But Thiago Silva made amends for his error with a stunning header that put PSG through to the last four on away goals.

Mourinho was frank about the outcome.

"Our performance was not good enough," he admitted.

"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," he added.

"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.

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

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

Former Chelsea defender David Luiz, who scored the PSG equaliser at the end of normal time, said he was delighted to get a goal - but was quick to apologise for celebrating!

The Brazil star stated: "It is amazing for everyone, amazing for Paris club, for Paris city.

"We did a great game, we tried to win the game.

"I am happy to be in the next round but we have a long way to go to win the Champions League. We have to keep our feet on the floor.

"My cycle finished in Chelsea, PSG gave me a great opportunity to continue my career. I was very happy at Chelsea. I respect everyone,

"Tonight was good for me to score. I said I wouldn't celebrate but my emotions I couldn't control.

"Thank you to Chelsea and sorry I celebrated because I was so emotional."

Next up for Chelsea is a home Premier League game against Southampton on Sunday.

With the Capital One Cup already in the bag, the title is now the Blues' only route for adding to that particular piece of silverware. Chelsea are five points ahead of champions Manchester City with a game in hand.

But they'll have to improve on last night's inept display if they are to be crowned champions.

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