Chelsea 2 PSG 0: Jose Mourinho pleased with Champions League progress, but players did not 'jump up and down in the dressing room'

It was just another day in the office for Mourinho as Chelsea reach final four

Stamford Bridge

Another night of high drama for Chelsea fans, but just another day at the office for Jose Mourinho.

That was the impression the Portuguese gave after Demba Ba's late goal secured Chelsea a 2-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain tonight, securing victory in the quarter-final tie on away goals, and the prize of a place in the last four of the Champions League once again.

“It's a good victory, but so many semi-finals for me, so many semi-finals for Chelsea. Nothing extraordinary. It is good, because we lost [the first-leg] 3-1 and to change that result is always difficult. But the players are not jumping in the dressing room. No. Just two minutes and done.”

He was, nevertheless, full of pride at Chelsea's performance. “If for some reason we hadn't scored the second, or if they had scored from the last corner in the last moment to send us out, everybody in this club would still have been proud of the boys.”

 

The man who manages a team who won the Champions League two years ago, have spent hundreds of millions of pounds in the last decade, and are regular semi-finalists, added as if he was the manager of a non-League club through to the third round of the FA Cup: “A big opponent is waiting for us in the semi-final, but I think it doesn't matter who. They know we are a team with a special spirit, even if we are not in the maximum of our potential. We are going to enjoy it the same way I told the players we had to enjoy this [match]. We have to enjoy to play against the great opponent waiting for us.”

The nature of the victory, said Mourinho, was all planned. “The players followed our plan, our ambition. We trained yesterday the three systems we used – the one from the start, the one without Lampard, and finally the one with Demba and Nando [Torres]. So the players knew what to do.”

Read more: Ba: I'm not out for revenge
Five things we learnt at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea 2 PSG 0 - as it happened

Indeed they did.“At half time [Mourinho] told us to keep the pressure on and if it stayed at 1-0 then we would change the way we played, to be more direct and get closer to the penalty area,” said Ba.

Of the match-winner Mourinho said: “I'm happy for him. A good guy, a good professional, a good group man. He started giving Paris problems that they don't have in their league where it's a completely different style of approach. I'm so happy he scored the goal because it means a lot for him and a lot for us.”

As for the dash down the touchline to where the players were celebrating at Ba's goal, he was not, he insisted, joining in. "It was to tell the players how we had to play the last 10 minutes. I knew at that moment they wanted to celebrate, to think the game is over. They forget that they had three plus three or four other minutes [added time] to play, and the way we were playing it was too risky. I wanted Demba to play in front of the defenders, and Nando to defend Maxwell. I had to go there because it would be the only chance I'd have to tell them."

The only downsides for Mourinho was the booking that rules Branislav Ivanovic out of the semi-final first leg, and a muscle injury to Eden Hazard that, he said, it was too early to assess the seriousness of.

A somewhat stunned-looking PSG coach Laurent Blanc could only offer Chelsea congratulations and seek consolations. “I believe, over the two matches, there was little to choose between the sides,” he said. “Ultimately, their experience at this level maybe counted a bit extra. They're more used to playing games at this level. They believed right to the end and were rewarded.”

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
Homeless Veterans appeal: Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story

Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore