• Champions League

Mourinho accuses PSG of dirty tricks

ESPN staff
March 10, 2015
Eden Hazard was on the end of nine fouls in the first leg © Getty Images

Jose Mourinho claims Paris Saint-Germain are the most aggressive team Chelsea have faced this season.

Eden Hazard was on the end of nine fouls as the two sides drew 1-1 at Parc des Princes, with the return leg at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

Mourinho says he was taken aback by PSG's approach, claiming Laurent Blanc's side were even more aggressive than the lower league English clubs Chelsea have faced in the cup competitions.

"I was surprised in that game," Mourinho said. "I was surprised, because a team with fantastic players was the team with a record number of fouls, was the team making foul after foul, was the team which stopped Hazard with fouls all the time, was the team attacking the man in possession of the ball with two or three players with some very aggressive actions.

"Even a player like Zlatan [Ibrahimovic], a typical attacking player - came back when they lost the ball and attacked Hazard from behind when we were countering.

"I thought an English team would never be surprised by aggression, because aggression we have in our country. This season we've played against sides from the Championship in the cups, against teams from League One, and Shrewsbury from League Two, but the most aggressive team was PSG.

"For me, that was a real surprise. With players of such quality, I was expecting more football and less aggression."

PSG were on top for much of the first leg, but Mourinho bristled when asked about their opponent's dominance.

He said: "What is dominate? If dominate is the number of chances, yes, Paris had more chances than us. If dominate is to stop the opponent to play, making foul after foul, yes they also dominate.

"If dominate is to have the ball and to move the ball without progression, yes, they also dominate. I think they dominate in everything except in the result."

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