Guus Hiddink isn’t used to losing as Chelsea boss, but there are worse defeats than a 2-1 first leg loss that sees a potentially vital away goal move to your back pocket.
Paris Saint-Germain was the better side on Tuesday at the Parc des Princes, but a John Obi Mikel goal has the Premier League outfit feeling okay before March 9’s second leg in London.
Here’s Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, who captained the Blues and did plenty of good before being beaten by Edinson Cavani for PSG’s winner.
“Very very difficult game. We tried to play our game and score the goal away. They score, which is a massive goal for them, but we keep going, keep fighting. We will do everything to fight and try to go through.”
“The result is negative but, on the other hand, an away goal is important. It hurt a bit because the team was playing decently against a team with capacity to play. But we are still in the race.
“We were not lethal enough at times but otherwise we can be relatively happy.”
The away goal is nice, and away goals pushed PSG past Chelsea in last year’s tournament. But Zlatan Ibrahimovic and company have experience in winning second legs at Stamford Bridge, even when the aforementioned Ibra falls victim to an Oscar dive.
Now if only Diego Costa buried that header…