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Thursday 03 April 2014

Mourinho: Chelsea down but not out after Paris reverse

Portuguese says 'not impossible' for Blues to rally from 3-1 Champions League first-leg loss at PSG

  • Ezequiel Lavezzi fires Paris Saint-Germain into an early lead against Chelsea

  • PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic (left) looks set to miss the return leg with a hamstring injury

Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 Chelsea

Jose Mourinho has refused to concede his side's UEFA Champions League adventure is to end at the quarter-final stage after they lost in their first leg at Paris Saint-Germain, but the Chelsea manager insists the tie is not yet over, saying "in football nothing is impossible".

"It will be difficult in the second leg but not impossible - in football nothing is impossible"
Jose Mourinho

The Blues got off to a disappointing start when Ezequiel Lavezzi pounced on John Terry's half-clearance and fired a snapshot into the top corner from 10 yards, but Chelsea responded through Eden Hazard, who sent Salvatore Sirigu the wrong way from the penalty spot, after Thiago Silva had felled Oscar.

Chelsea were unfortunate not to take the lead before the interval when Hazard's angled volley came off the far post, but PSG dominated the second period and took the lead again when Lavezzi's free-kick caused panic in the visitors' rearguard and David Luiz could only direct it into his own net.

On the balance of play Mourinho's side would have probably settled for taking a 2-1 scoreline into the return leg but they were stunned by a damaging third goal in the third minute of stoppage time when Javier Pastore received the ball near the right by-line and slalomed his way past three Chelsea defenders before beating Petr Cech at his near post.

"We played against a great team who have great attacking players," said Mourinho. "You expect them to score goals and they did. We helped them with some poor defending; we lose the first goal in an easy position and we assist the striker. Nobody in second goal was there for a crucial position.

"The second goal one of my players scores an own goal, it's unlucky, but the way the team positioned themselves defensively was not the right one. The third goal is ridiculous. Gary Cahill said it was sloppy, I say ridiculous. I can't blame individuals for the mistakes. I won't do it out here. I will speak to them in the dressing room.

"It will be difficult in the second leg but not impossible - in football nothing is impossible. They can score a goal out of nothing and we are not full of goals at the moment, but you never know. We have to give everything. 

"We have to try [to turn the tie round]. We have to go with everything and let's try."

UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg results

Wednesday 2 April
Paris Saint-Germain (Lavezzi, David Luiz og, Pastore) 3-1 Chelsea (Hazard)
Real Madrid (Bale, Isco, Ronaldo) 3-0 Borussia Dortmund

Tuesday 1 April
Manchester United
(Vidic) 1-1 Bayern Munich (Schweinsteiger)
Barcelona (Neymar) 1-1 Atletico Madrid (Diego)

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Key Points

  • Chelsea suffer 3-1 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain in Champions League quarter-final first leg
  • Eden Hazard cancels out Ezequiel Lavezzi opener before own goal by David Luiz and late Javier Pastore strike
  • Blues manager Jose Mourinho insists tie not over