PSG vs. Chelsea: Post-Match Reaction from Laurent Blanc and Jose Mourinho

Jason PettigroveContributor IApril 2, 2014

Laurent Blanc will be the happier of the two managers.
Laurent Blanc will be the happier of the two managers.Christophe Ena

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had said before this game, per ESPN, that his side were the underdogs to make it through to semi-final stage. An injury-time goal from Paris Saint-Germain's Javier Pastore handed the advantage to the French side, 3-1, but the victory came at a cost.

PSG's star Zlatan Ibrahimovic limped off holding his hamstring during the second half, and it could cause Laurent Blanc to change tactics for the second leg as a result.    

In any event, PSG take the advantage into the second leg, and the nature of the third goal that Chelsea conceded irked Mourinho, via The Sun on Twitter:

A live post-match interview conducted with Sky Sports' Geoff Shreeves was more understated than usual from the Portuguese, but there wasn't much doubting his true feelings over his team's performance, according to ESPN's Miguel Delaney:

His comments on striker Fernando Torres hadn't escaped Ketil B. Stensrud's eyes either:

After a reasonable first-half performance, defensive mistakes were costly to the Blues' downfall, as noted by Chelsea's official Twitter account:

Mourinho was still in a defiant mood ahead of the second leg:

After the game, the French side were obviously cock-a-hoop at the win, and via their official PSG Twitter account, the club took no time at all mocking their opponents:

Laurent Blanc praised Eden Hazard before the proceedings, per HITC Sport, via Barclays PL News:

Carl Juborg thought that the player's choice of apparel in his own post-match interview with Canal+ was interesting:

Blanc himself was more than satisfied with the result, via

We were probably a bit afraid of Chelsea’s counter-attacks. They are a very powerful team.

We made them work, though and scored that last-gasp goal. Javier Pastore's goal was fantastic.

He was very happy indeed with that third goal after the match, as the Daily Mirror's Oliver Holt shares:

The Champions League account noted that, despite the win, Blanc felt that there is always room for improvement:

And on a great night, one sour note to Blanc's evening was the early finish for Zlatan Ibrahimovich. The manager confirmed that his star player will be out for some while, via's Robin Bairner:

The loss of Ibra on an otherwise fantastic evening for Blanc and his side could perhaps give Chelsea a slight psychological advantage for the return leg in a week's time. However, PSG are about much more than Zlatan as their performance on Wednesday night showed. 

Ramires is banned for the second leg and his omission could be fatal to Chelsea's hopes. Not only does he provide an energetic, attacking presence when required, he is excellent cover for John Terry and Gary Cahill.

With that robust presence no longer available, there will be little protection afforded to Chelsea's main central defensive pairing, and that could let in Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore with ease.

Chelsea need to get their midfielders on the ball more, especially Eden Hazard if they want to take the tie.

When Hazard is in possession, things happen, and despite only 56 touches per WhoScored, he was still Chelsea's best player on the night. Oscar (47) and Willian (56) contributed to a poor 159 touches for the Blues midfield.

Compare that to Blaise Matuidi (86 touches), Marco Verratti (104) and Thiago Motta (95) for PSG per WhoScored, and you get a flavour of the work-rate Chelsea will have to employ in the second-leg to progress to the semi-final.