Chelsea underdogs to progress insists Mourinho

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has claimed they are not favourites to progress in the Champions League after seeing his side claim a 1-1 away to Paris Saint Germain on Tuesday, Sky Sports is reporting.

Having taken the lead through Branislav Ivanovic’s header the Blues looked in control of the game as they retained the ball, much to the frustration of the home crowd.

However the home side sprang into life during the second period and a free header from Edison Cavani brought them level – before a string of saves from keeper Thibaut Courtois ensured Chelsea left on level terms.

Mourinho’s side won the exact same tie on away goals last season – although they lost 3-1 in their away leg to PSG – and Ivanovic’s goal could prove pivotal.

Yet despite what is seen as a positive result the Portuguese boss has claimed his men are not favourites to progress past a PSG side he described as a “fantastic team”.

He said: “Paris were stronger than us and we didn’t create or control the game as we did in the first half.

“In the first half we didn’t create a lot but we had the ball and moved the ball well. In the second half we lost control against a fantastic team with fantastic players.

“I give them credit and refuse to say my players were not good. Paris pressed us a lot in the second half, they played very direct and they have a monster (Ibrahimovic) who has qualities.

“I don’t think we are favourites. The Champions League, knock-out, last-16, with top teams and top players and at 1-1 never creates a clear favourite.”

Chelsea will have three weeks to prepare for the return leg at Stamford Bridge and during that time will contest the League Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur – something that could prove a huge moral boost ahead of their PSG clash.

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