PSG 1 Chelsea 1: Jose Mourinho admits Blues got lucky and praises goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for performance in draw

The return leg is at Stamford Bridge on 11 March

James Orr
Tuesday 17 February 2015 23:24
Edinson Cavani celebrates his equalising goal
Edinson Cavani celebrates his equalising goal

Jose Mourinho has admitted his Chelsea side got lucky during their 1-1 Champions League last-16 first-leg draw at PSG tonight, and heaped praise upon goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for his performance.

Edinson Cavani struck 12 minutes into the second half to cancel out Branislav Ivanovic's first-half header which was scored against the run of play after the French champions had dominated from the start at the Parc des Princes.

"When you see the performance of our goalkeeper, you have to say yes (we got away with it a little bit)," the Blues manager said after the game. "Our goalkeeper made two or three important saves in the game.

"But sometimes people speak about the players, about their injuries and they don't play.

"But there were injured players that played and the injured players that didn't train to play.

"I have in this team five players that didn't train. Five players since the game against Everton, that didn't train once.

"Yesterday they had like a warm-down for the press to see they were on the pitch, but we had five players who didn't train.

"We felt that a little, so I am happy with the result because two legs is now one leg with everything to be decided at Stamford Bridge."

Additional reporting by PA

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