• PSG 3-1 Chelsea, Champions League

Mourinho slams defence and Torres for PSG defeat

ESPN staff
April 2, 2014
Mourinho berates strikers

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho pinned the blame for his side's 3-1 defeat by Paris Saint-Germain on "ridiculous" defending and a lacklustre showing by Fernando Torres.

Mourinho picked fault in all three goals conceded at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night in the Champions League quarter-finals first leg, which had been described by Gary Cahill as "sloppy".

Asked about the third goal scored by substitute Javier Pastore in injury time, Mourinho told Sky Sports: "I say it is ridiculous. He [Cahill] says it is sloppy, I say it is ridiculous.

"The first goal, the ball is in an easy position, we assist the striker and there is nobody for the second ball in the crucial position. In the second goal, I think it is one of my players [David Luiz] in his own goal and that is obviously unlucky but the way the team is positioned is not the correct one.

"And finally, the third one is even more, em, 'sloppy'. Gary used that? The word for me is ridiculous."

It was clear Mourinho was choosing his words carefully when asked about the tactical switch made at 1-1 in the second half, when Andre Schurrle was taken off and replaced by Torres, who was a surprise omission from the starting line-up.

"I changed at 1-1 because I thought that Fernando could give us more depth than Andre," said Mourinho. "The team was comfortable with Andre, the team had good control of possession, Andre was working back and the team was quite comfortable controlling that game. I thought that Fernando could give us [long pause] a bit more."

The digs did not end there. "They [PSG] are the kind of team, with the players they have, that out of nothing they can score goals," he added. "It is not an easy job [in the second leg]. We are not a team full of talent to score lots of goals, especially at this level but you never know."

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