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Mourinho points accusing finger at aggressive PSG

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Mourinho back in Champions League action
Mourinho back in Champions League action

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has fanned the flames of animosity with Paris Saint-Germain ahead of Wednesday's Champions League showdown by suggesting the French side are over-aggressive.

In comments that some may view as a bid to alter the match officials to rough-house tactics from PSG ahead of the second leg of the last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho was at his devious best in his pre-match press conference.

"With players of such quality I was expecting more football and less aggression," he said of PSG's efforts in the first leg of the tie, which finished 1-1 in Paris.

"I thought an English team would never be surprised by aggression. In that game I was surprised, because a team with fantastic players was a team with the record of fouls, was the team that was making foul after foul, was the team that stopped (Eden) Hazard with fouls all the time.

"We've played against Championship, League One and League Two, but the most aggressive team was PSG."

PSG were on top for much of the first leg at Parc des Princes, but Chelsea emerged level with Branislav Ivanovic's crucial away goal and Mourinho bristled when asked about PSG's dominance.

"What is dominate? If dominate is the number of chances, yes, Paris had more chances than us," he continued. 

"If dominate is to stop the opponent to play, making foul after foul, yes they also dominate.

"If dominate is to have the ball and to move the ball without progression, yes, they also dominate. I think they dominate in everything except in the result."

Mourinho was a little more jovial as he confirmed Nemanja Matic is set to return to the Chelsea side, even though he quipped the Serbian midfield enforcer may not be as influential in his side as he might think.

"I told Matic we won very important matches without him," added Mourinho. "Maybe he is not so important! He was laughing in the same way.

"We're happy he's back. He's fit to play and he is important. He's had no football for two weeks and no training because he was injured.

"He's going to play [against PSG] in his normal position."