Chelsea dumped out of Champions League by ten-man PSG
CHELSEA: 2 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN: 2 (3-3 on aggregate, PSG win on away goals)
Ten-man Paris Saint-Germain sent Chelsea crashing out of the Champions League on a night when Jose Mourinho's supposed dream team were horribly exposed in front of a stunned Stamford Bridge crowd.
Gary Cahill's strike nine minutes from the end of normal time appeared to have won the day for the home side, but it was swiftly cancelled out by former Blues defender David Luiz before the hosts went ahead for a second time through an Eden Hazard penalty early in extra-time.
PSG captain Thiago Silva, who conceded the spot-kick for handball, was denied from a corner by Thibaut Courtois, but then netted with a header moments later to make it 2-2 on the night and send the jubilant visitors through.
All this after PSG had their star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off for a challenge on Oscar in the first half, which resulted in a harsh and mistaken red card from the referee.
It did not halt the PSG march and the side that exited the competition last term to Chelsea on the away goals rule, leaving Mourinho to sample the rare taste of defeat at Stamford Bridge.
“Our performance was not good enough,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “The opponent was stronger than us, they coped better with the pressure of the game.
"Because they had 10 men we felt more the pressure of winning and they had nothing to lose and they were playing without the extra pressure we were feeling.
“We had the game in our hands twice [when Chelsea took a lead] and they coped better with the pressure of the game. We couldn’t cope with that, we concede two goals in two set pieces and that is difficult to accept.
We tried to win in this game, but the moment we had 10 men we felt too much that pressure. We had a few individual performances that were not good enough but collectively they were better. They have a reason to celebrate and we will talk tomorrow about this game.
"This is not a time to kick tables and doors in the dressing room.”
Meanwhile, ex-Chelsea defender David Silva admitted he regretted celebrating his goal that took the tie into extra time in dramatic fashion.
"It was good for me to score. I said before I wouldn't celebrate, but there as so much emotion I cannot control it and sorry because I celebrated, but I am so happy to qualify," said the Brazilian.
"I finished at Chelsea and then I got a great opportunity from PSG. They gave me a great opportunity to continue my career and I was very happy at Chelsea and won titles here, but I finished and then I respect everyone
"I think we played a great game. When we lost Ibra, our best player, you say 'keep it simple'.
"Play the ball to feet and keep possession as we need to score to qualify. It was amazing tonight the spirit. Every single player gave everything."