Have you recovered from last night yet? Here is the reaction from what will go down as one of Paris Saint-Germain’s most iconic displays.
Laurent Blanc; “The players produced an extraordinary match, from start to finish. I enjoyed looking at the statistics. We had as much possession as them, made more passes and had more corners than Chelsea. We were ruthlessly efficient. It’s a great evening for all those that love this club. It’s a great joy. We received a real blow when Zlatan was sent off in the 31stminute. But I felt that the players weren’t about to panic. When a club qualifies like that, it’s that everyone played well. There will be more great matches to come. We are very happy.”
Nasser Al-Khealifi was overcome with joy and paid homage to the three French sports stars,Yachtswoman Florence Arthaud, Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat and Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine who all died in a helicopter crash this week; “To qualify here, against Mourinho’s Chelsea was very difficult. Before the match, I looked the players in the eyes and told them that they could do it. Everyone believed we could do it. I am very proud. We played 95 minutes with ten warriors in an incredible atmosphere, it was like we were playing at home. This qualification shows that the players believe in the project. I would also like to congratulate the coach who put in place the perfect tactics and made the right changes. After beating a team like Chelsea, I think we can go a long way this season. It was an historic match. Our project is on the right track. And tonight, I also have a special thought for the great French athletes that lost their lives this week in Argentina, this match was also for them.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic who received a red card on the half hour mark was very forthrioght with his assessment on it. Ibra said; ‘”I don’t know if I have to get angry or start to laugh. For me when I saw the red card I was like ‘the guy doesn’t know what he’s doing’. That is not the worst. The worst is when I got the red card all the Chelsea players come around. It felt like I had a lot of babies around me.”
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was also frank with his team’s assessment, claiming the right team went through; “When a team cannot defend two corners a team doesn’t deserve to win. We couldn’t cope with the pressure. For them it was easy, two lines of four, counter-attack, waiting for the right moment. Mentally for them with 10 there is nothing to lose. Our performance was not good enough. The opponent was stronger than us, they coped better with the pressure of the game. Because they had 10 men we felt more the pressure of winning and they had nothing to lose. We couldn’t cope with that, we conceded two goals in two set pieces. That is difficult to accept. For me it was a surprise. I am disappointed, but I try always to be pragmatic and honest. The first feeling was that we deserved to lose. We didn’t deserve to go through. It’s not the moment to explain. We will analyse it. We need to react. We have a Premier League to win. I told that to the players. We lost a competition where even if we win today there are other big teams to beat. We have the Premier League to win and we are in a good situation. There’s no time to cry. Move on, and look forward.”
But if the night belonged to anyone, it was David Luiz. He popped up with the all important equaliser minutes from the final whistle to take the game into an extra 30 minutes; “It is amazing for everyone, amazing for Paris the club, for Paris the city. My cycle was finished at Chelsea and PSG gave me a great opportunity to continue my career. I was very happy at Chelsea, I respect everyone and it was good to score. I said I wouldn’t celebrate but I couldn’t control my emotions. Thank you to Chelsea, and sorry I celebrated because I was so emotional”.