A ticket to the last eight of the UEFA champions league between Chelsea and PSG was earned yesterday, when Les Parisiens sent Chelsea out of the competition on away goals.
Mourinho went into the match, defense-oriented like he always does. With Chelsea riding on the lone away goal they got in the first leg, they tried to catch Paris Saint-Germain on the break.
You would think Chelsea got that break though when Sweden international and PSG talisman, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, got sent off after being issued a straight red in the 31st minute.
No they didn’t, against ten men the pride of London floundered and played ugly football like none other. Not that PSG didn’t have their fair share of disturbing football, but you would think having the upper hand and playing against ten men would make the difference.
The real break did come through, in the 81st minute, when Cahill struck in a goal after PSG couldn’t clear a corner. All is well and good, with Chelsea looking set for the final eight until an 86th-minute header from former Chelsea defender started a whole new different story. The goal was that which kept PSG in the competition and dragged Chelsea to extra time.
Bad tackles and lack of discipline was in play a lot from both sides, so much the referee had a tasking job maintaining the tempo of the game.
Six minutes into the extra time, Thiago Silva felt it was good idea to handle the ball in the 18 yard box, comfortably gifting Chelsea a chance to get back into the game. Hazard didn’t look the gift horse in the mouth as he put Chelsea in front again at the Bridge.
One more goal and PSG go into the quarter-finals, a few more minutes and Chelsea are in it.
To atone for his mistake, Thiago Silva did what he did best with his head, shattered Chelsea’s hope with a goal six minutes into stoppage time, a superb finish that indeed was well deserved from the French club side.
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