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Chelsea delivers on Mourinho's prediction
April 8th, 2014 6:34PM

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[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho predicted that his team, problems or no problems up front, would defeat Paris St. Germain in their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal series, and true to his word, the Blues prevailed, 2-0, to oust the French champions on their away goal as the series finished 3-3 on aggregate. Borussia Dortmund's 2-0 win on Tuesday, however, was not enough to overcome its 3-0 loss to Real Madrid in the first leg.

Chelsea sub Demba Ba put away a loose ball in the 87th minute to deprive heavy-spending PSG of its first appearance in the semifinals since 1995. German Andre Schuerrle had reduced PSG''s edge from the first leg after 32 minutes, but Chelsea's luck looked to have eluded it as it hit the woodwork twice early in the second half. Ba's goal set off wild Chelsea celebrations at the corner flag, where Mourinho joined in.

"I didn't go to the corner flag to celebrate," he said, "but you can see I can run. I went to tell them the changes we had to make. There were three minutes plus added time left and the way we were playing was too risky. I wanted Demba Ba to play in front of the defenders and Fernando Torres to defend Maxwell. I tried to use them in different jobs."



In Dortmund, goals from Marco Reus in the first half gave BVB hope of a repeat of its series victory over Real Madrid in last year's semifinals, but it could not add a third goal needed to even the aggregate score. Dortmund, the 2013 runner-up that has suffered this season from a spate of injuries, had been all but written off after the 3-0 defeat in the first leg.

"We were so close, so close," Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said. "If we scored that third goal, we would have killed Real off. Once the disappointment subsides, I am sure we will take something out of this game, but for now we are first of all very sad."



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