Chelsea manager slams team’s “joke” defending after losing 3-1 to PSG
Jose Mourinho pulled no punches as the Blues slumped to defeat at Parc des Princes, with Paris Saint-Germain now favourites to reach the semi-final
April 3rd, 2014
Chelsea’s hopes of winning this season’s Champions League hang by a thread after Javier Pastore’s late goal swung the quarter final tie in favour of the French champions who will go to Stamford Bridge next week with a two-goal advantage to protect.
Pastore had only been on the pitch for five minutes when he cut in from the right to slot the ball past Petr Cech, with Jose Mourinho fuming on the touchline after his team had previously conceded an own goal through David Luiz.
All three of PSG’s goals were down to slack defending, with John Terry heading the ball down into the path of Ezequiel Lavezzi for the opener before Thiago Silva’s trip on Oscar in the penalty area allowed Eden Hazard to cooly score an equaliser from the spot.
However, Mourinho was particularly scathing of the stoppage-time goal from Pastore, describing it as a “joke” while also pointing to his shortage of attacking options, with Andre Schurrle preferred over Fernando Torres in attack and Demba Ba nowhere to be seen.
“We scored in our own goal, and the third goal … it’s a joke,” said the manager. “Not a goal, a joke. Gary Cahill said it was sloppy but I say it was ridiculous. It was Pastore and us.
“In the second half we made individual mistakes in areas where, for the whole season, the guys have performed with no problems. They have the right to make the mistakes because we have other players who have made some mistakes all season.
“From a strategic point of view, the team had great discipline and did the most difficult things to do in the game. They stopped [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic when he dropped back to play in the midfield and between the lines, and he was completely under control. Edinson Cavani was completely under control. The positional play from Marco Verratti and Thiago Motta was under control, as were their full-backs, but we couldn’t transform our half-chances into goals. And on top of that we made defensive mistakes, individual defensive mistakes, so we paid the price.
“At the first goal the ball goes to [Ezequiel] Lavezzi and he controls the half-volley and ‘boom’. Top player. Top striker. It’s been difficult for us to score goals, especially when the games are tight. It’s difficult for us to transform the half-chances into chances. And when you make the defensive mistakes, you are in trouble. That’s, for me, simple. We are not a team full of talent to score goals – especially at this level but you never know.”
Mourinho now knows that conceding to PSG at Stamford Bridge will result in an exit from the competition, with his team unlikely to manage three against the French champions.