Mourinho: PSG deserved to beat Chelsea

The Portuguese was candid about how his side were weaker in their 1-1 draw at Parc des Princes, but is relatively happy with the result

Jose Mourinho accepted that Paris Saint-Germain deserved to beat Chelsea in Tuesday’s 1-1 Champions League draw.

Edinson Cavani’s second-half header ensured that the spoils were shared after Branislav Ivanovic had put the visitors ahead shortly before half-time in the last 16 first leg.

Mourinho saw his side beaten 3-1 at Parc des Princes last season and he was much more pleased with how his Blues fared in the French capital this year, despite accepting that his team were the inferior of the two.

“The first half was all ours,” the Portuguese coach told reporters. “PSG allowed us to have the ball and rarely pressured us, but the second half was different.

“We were aggressive and always tried to play quickly and directly. I think the 1-1 result is a good reflection of what happened, thanks to some great saves from our goalkeeper.

“To be honest… If anyone deserved to have won it was PSG, not Chelsea. But everything is open for the second leg. PSG are a fantastic team so I think we did really well.”

Chelsea face Burnley and West Ham in the Premier League and Tottenham in the League Cup final before the return leg versus PSG at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday March 11.