Jose Mourinho admitted that Chelsea “couldn’t cope” with Paris Saint-Germain after his side were knocked out of the Champions League on Wednesday evening, but insists the Blues cannot dwell on their disappointment.
The French champions – who had Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off in the first half – twice came from behind to draw 2-2 and progress to the quarter-finals on away goals, and Mourinho was dissatisfied with the way his side failed to nullify PSG’s threat.
“Of course, we had the game in our hands twice but I think the opponent was stronger than us,” he told Sky Sports. “They coped better than us with the pressure of the game. I think with them at 10 men we felt the pressure of winning even more.
“They had nothing to lose, they just played their game. We couldn’t cope with that. We conceded two goals from set-pieces where the organisation is clear, where the markers have to decide and the players in the zone are the same. We conceded two goals that were difficult to accept.”
Mourinho, though, says that Chelsea must now turn their focus to the Premier League as they attempt to win the domestic title.
“I told my players as I always do that it’s not after the match that I kick tables and doors,” he added. “It’s time to be calm and analyse the team because we have a game on Sunday and we have to win the Premier League.
“We are playing to win the Premier League and we have more matches to play.”