Jose Mourinho has claimed that his Chelsea players buckled under the pressure of facing 10 men after bowing out of the Champions League to Paris Saint-Germain tonight.
Thiago Silva struck the decisive blow in the 114th minute as PSG, who had Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off on 32 minutes, moved into the last eight on away goals after the tie ended 3-3 – 2-2 on the night.
The Blues had twice taken the lead in a feisty encounter at Stamford Bridge that saw the Premier League leaders struggle to create chances.
First, Gary Cahill volleyed Chelsea into the lead on 80 minutes, while Eden Hazard then fired them ahead in extra time after David Luiz’s 86th-minute equaliser.
“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,” the Portuguese told Sky Sports at full time.
“Our performance was not good enough. 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 had a few individual performances that were not good enough but collectively they were better than us.”