Following Chelsea’s dramatic Champions League elimination in the last-16 by Paris Saint-Germain, manager Jose Mourinho admitted the Londoners couldn’t cope with the pressure, reports BBC Sport.
Chelsea twice went ahead against the back-to-back French Ligue 1 champions, but couldn’t see the game out. The home side took the lead late in the second-half, but conceded just minutes later which took the game to extra time.
And in the 30 minutes of extra time, Chelsea once again put themselves in front, only for Paris Saint-Germain to come fighting back late in the game to knock out the Premier League leaders. PSG played a total of 90 minutes with only 10-men after Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off, and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho could not argue the best team had won on the night.
Premier League clubs have been criticised for their poor showings in the Champions League this season, and Chelsea looked second best all evening to Paris Saint-Germain. The French club were impressive against the Londoners last season, but fell short at the death. There was to be no repeat this time, and Mourinho has a task on his hands to pull the side together again for their title challenge.
“Our performance was not good enough. The opponent was stronger, coped better with the pressure. We tried to win but the moment they had 10 men we felt too much pressure. Paris St-Germain deserved it. When a team can’t defend two corners and concedes two goals to corners they don’t deserve to win,” he said.
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