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Mourinho: My Players 'Gave Everything'

Jose Mourinho hailed his entire Chelsea squad for overturning a 3-1 first-leg deficit against Paris Saint Germain to win its UEFA Champions League quarterfinal series on away goals after the two-game series finished 3-3 on aggregate. Little-used striker Demba Ba scored the crucial goal in the 87th-minute of the second game at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday to give the Blues the 2-0 win Mourinho's men needed to advance to the UCL semifinals.

"They gave everything,” the Portuguese said after the game. “Even in some difficult moments of the performance, they gave absolutely everything. I promise you, to play against Lucas [Moura] is not easy, to play against [Edinson] Cavani is not easy, to play against [Ezequiel] Lavezzi is not easy. My four defenders, as always, were brilliant but the midfield worked like animals and David Luiz was a monster. And the people in attack, some of them tried to create and they were the ones - when it was time to go for the physical game and to use your body - who were brave and Fernando (Torres) and Demba gave a big help to the team."

He added: "We risked everything. Demba, Nando and [Samuel] Eto'o all played together and we tried to play direct because our midfield were really tired and broken, but also because Paris were in that situation and we know that they are not adapted to this kind of football. In France, they completely dominate and the style of French football has nothing to do with this direct approach."

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