Mourinho lacked respect, accuses PSG match-winner Silva

Thiago Silva celebrates goal that put PSG through against Chelsea.

Thiago Silva has pointed the finger at Chelsea's boss after his side's Champions League win.

After the first leg of the last 16 tie was drawn 1-1 at Parc des Princes three weeks ago, the score was level again at Stamford Bridge after an extra-time 2-2 (3-3 on aggregate) result handed 10-man PSG the advantage and sent them through to the quarter-finals.

Laurent Blanc’s men were eliminated from the competition last term by Chelsea on the away goals rule, but advanced to the last eight for a third straight season on Wednesday and Silva told French TV channel Canal Plus: “I think Mourinho did not have enough respect for us.

“This goal is not personal revenge even if there are people have talked a lot, saying they were happy to face Paris.”

Chelsea’s advantage at Stamford Bridge grew when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was controversially sent off after 31 minutes.

Gary Cahill’s strike nine minutes from the end of normal time was cancelled out by former Blues defender David Luiz, but the hosts went ahead for a second time through an Eden Hazard penalty early in extra-time.

PSG captain 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 visitors through.

The 30-year-old Brazil international was delighted with the triumph and believes PSG can go all the way in the competition, adding: “It was incredible. I am very happy with my team. The Champions League is our goal.

“When we play like that, anything is possible, we can go very far.

“We have many quality players, very intelligent. They showed it when we played (with) one fewer. The

quality of the team was there.”

And he was especially pleased with his 114th-minute effort and praised his side’s effort and determination after losing Ibrahimovic before the break.

He said: “This (last) goal is pretty amazing because just before scoring the header, Courtois made a great save from a corner.

“I was very happy about the goal, but especially for the team because it rewards this great result which we managed with 10 against 11.

“Laurent Blanc has much talked about (the match) in recent days, including (our) motivation.

“On Wednesday morning he showed us a video of Chelsea (where we saw) what they were doing well and less well. It has served us well.”


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