Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho blamed a mystifying loss of focus and confidence among his players for their shock elimination from the Champions League quarter-finals by 10-man Paris St Germain on 11 March.
I think they (PSG) deserved to win. When a team cannot defend two corners, and concedes two goals in the corners a team doesnt deserve to win. When a team cannot cope with the pressure of being one player and play at home and the stadium doesnt accept the team to control the game, you want the team to win it. I think we couldnt cope with that pressure, Mourinho told reporters after the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge which produced a 3-3 aggregate score over the two legs and saw PSG go through on away goals.
Mourinho said the red card shown in the 31st minute to PSGs Zlatan Ibrahimovic had hindered rather than helped his team, who looked certain to go through when Gary Cahill gave them the lead.,
Former Chelsea defender David Luiz saved PSG when he scored with a thunderous header from a corner in the 86th minute and forced the game into extra time after Cahill had put the hosts ahead in the 81st minute.
Luizs central defensive partner and PSG skipper Thiago Silva scored the decisive goal, again with a header from a corner, in the 114th minute.
Mourinho said he wanted to reflect on the game before sitting down with his players and analysing the defeat.
I want to know, he said when asked to explain the uncharacteristically limp performance of his side.
I told the players after the game that it is not the moment to speak to them about it. It was the moment to go home and tomorrow we will try and analyse that. For me it was a surprise, for me it was a surprise. So I am disappointed.
The Portuguese said the Premier League leaders needed to quickly re-focus on Sundays home game against Southampton.
At this moment we have the Premier League to win and we are in a good situation, he said. It is not time to cry. it is not also time to laugh. It is time to analyse the situation and to come here next Sunday and in the stadium we were not good enough to win today, and in the same stadium and probably many of the players play again I dont say all of them, may be I can make a couple of changes . The same players have to go to the pitch on Sunday and make one more step to win the Premier League because if we win the league and the Capital Cup it is still a fantastic season for us. No time to cry and move on and look forward.