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Mourinho Blasts Chelsea Concentration, Attack in PSG Loss
Guardian, April 3rd, 2014 2:42PM

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Jose Mourinho condemned the sloppy defending that led to Paris Saint-Germain’s stoppage time goal during Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to the Ligue 1 champion in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday. The Portuguese also went on to highlight the deficiencies in his striking options which he said led him to field a starting eleven with no recognized striker up top.

But Mourinho was particularly disgusted with the passage of play that led to Javier Pastore’s last-minute goal. After winning a tussle near the Chelsea corner flag, the Argentine beat Cesar Azpilicueta and then Frank Lampard before slotting the ball home inside Petr Cech’s near post. After the game, the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss said PSG’s third was “Not a goal, a joke. Gary Cahill said it was sloppy but I say it was ridiculous. It was Pastore and us."

He went on to say that Chelsea had controlled the game up to that point, but again, poor finishing kept his team from killing off PSG. "From a strategic point of view, the team had great discipline and did the most difficult things to do in the game,” Mourinho said. “They stopped [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic when he dropped back to play in the midfield and between the lines, and he was completely under control. Edinson Cavani was completely under control. The positional play from Marco Verratti and Thiago Motta was under control, as were their full-backs, but we couldn't transform our half-chances into goals.”

But PSG’s Ezequiel Lavezzi managed to finish his half-chance in the game’s opening minutes, he noted: "At the first goal the ball goes to Lavezzi and he controls the half-volley and 'boom'. Top player. Top striker,” Mourinho said. “It's been difficult for us to score goals, especially when the games are tight. It's difficult for us to transform the half-chances into chances. And when you make the defensive mistakes, you are in trouble. That's, for me, simple. We are not a team full of talent to score goals – especially at this level but you never know."

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