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Champions League: Chelsea have minimal advantage, Mourinho admit

After their one-all draw with Paris Saint Germain in the UEFA Champions League match played on Tuesday 17 February from 2245hours, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said they have minimal advantage.

The Blues had taken a 35th-minute lead courtesy Branislav Ivanovic head before the home side drew level shortly after the break through Edinson Cavani. Speaking to the club’s official website, Mourinho said their away goal gave them minimal advantage.

Jose Mourinho

“I think the first half was our half. Paris gave us the ball and played defensively with a low block. They did not put pressure on us and we were comfortable with the ball.

“The second half was different; they were losing and they put pressure on us. They were aggressive, they played very direct and it was their half. I think 1-1 reflects one half for Chelsea and one for Paris, but if you go on chances created and goalkeeper’s performances, we have to be honest and say if any team came closer to winning it was Paris.

“The advantage is minimal. Obviously a two-legged game is now a one-legged game. Everything is decided at Stamford Bridge but 1-1 is 1-1, it’s not a 3-0 victory where the game is over,” he said.

He went on to add that some of his players played with injuries and some had not regained full match fitness.

“Many times you know the injured players that cannot play, some of the time you don’t know the ones who have problems. Since the Everton game, (Eden) Hazard, Willian, Oscar, (Cesc) Fabregas and Ivanovic have not trained.

“They did some individual training to keep moving but they didn’t train. They tried and gave their best. Fabregas has had three days in bed, they gave everything and that’s important,” he added.

The second leg takes place at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday 11 March.

 

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