Jose Mourinho up to mind games as he blasts ‘aggressive’ PSG

Demba Ba

Champions League last 16 (second leg)
Chelsea (1) v PSG (1)
Tonight: Stamford Bridge, 7.30pm
TV: RTE Two, Sky Sports 5

Jose Mourinho has stoked the tension ahead of tonight’s night’s Champions League last-16 second leg at Stamford Bridge calling PSG “the most aggressive” team Chelsea have played this season.

Mourinho was frustrated at PSG’s persistent fouling in the first leg three weeks ago, which was drawn 1-1. PSG were on top for much of the first leg at Parc des Princes, but Chelsea emerged level with their only chance of note — Branislav Ivanovic’s crucial away goal.

Mourinho bristled when asked about PSG’s dominance.

He said: “What is dominate? If dominate is the number of chances, yes, Paris had more chances than us.

“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 believes the expensively-assembled French side fouled more than League Two Shrewsbury, League One Bradford and all the other sides Chelsea have played this term.

“With players of such quality I was expecting more football and less aggression,” he said.

“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.”

The tie is more finely balanced than last season’s quarter-final, when Chelsea entered the second leg facing a 3-1 deficit.

Chelsea prevailed on away goals when Demba Ba netted a last-gasp goal for a 2-0 home win.

Now the Blues are seeking to advance to the last eight and progress at PSG’s expense once more, with Mourinho insisting victory is the target.

“Losing 3-1 you are on the limit of the risk. We knew that if we concede one goal, you are in big trouble,” he added.

“We knew that we had to score a minimum of two. Tomorrow is different.

“The result has a complete balance, but we are going to try to win.”

Cesc Fabregas agrees with that approach and wants his side to be ruthless in front of goal in search of a win, rather than scrape through.

“If we can kill, we have to kill,” Fabregas said. “When we get one goal, we have to go for the second and after the second the third. That’s the only thing we can really improve.

“Hopefully we will have that killer instinct tomorrow and go for the game from the first second.”

Mourinho refused to comment on PSG counterpart Blanc’s appraisal of Diego Costa, the striker who the Frenchman said will provoke the visitors.

“I don’t want to comment on his words. His words are his words,” Mourinho said.

Chelsea have already won one trophy this season after beating Tottenham in the Capital One Cup final.

Chelsea have Nemanja Matic available again following a two-match ban and an ankle injury sustained while celebrating at Wembley.

Midfielder Matic is crucial to Chelsea’s balance, but Mourinho joked with the Serbian he would not be playing after wins versus Spurs and in the Premier League against West Ham.

Mourinho said: “I told him that we won two very important matches without him. Maybe he’s not so important. He was laughing.

“It’s also the reality that he’s very important for us.

“We’re happy that he’s back. He’s fit to play. No problem with his injury, but no football for a couple of weeks and no training too because he was really injured. He’s going to play.”


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