Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has claimed that his side were lucky to come away from the Parc des Princes with a draw against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round-of-sixteen, according to reports from the Daily Star.
The Blues went into the lead through Branislav Ivanovic in first half, but PSG’s Edinson Cavani equalized in the 54th minute with a well placed header.
After that the Ligue-1 champions continued to attack the Chelsea goal, only to be denied by the in-form Thibaut Courtois between the sticks.
And Mourinho has lavished praised on the Belgium No. 1 for his brilliant display, while also admitting that they were lucky to head into the second leg with a draw.
“When you see the performance of our goalkeeper you have to say yes, he made two or three important saves in the game,” he said.
“Sometimes people speak about the players when they are injured and do not play. There are injured players who play, they don’t train to play. I had five players in this game who did not train since Everton. We felt that a little.
“I am happy with the result because two legs is now one leg with everything to be decided at Stamford Bridge.”
Mourinho could see this as an improvement to last season, as the Blues succumbed to a 3-1 away defeat to PSG less than a year ago.
However, the current Premier League leaders managed to turn it around at Stamford Bridge, winning the game 2-0 to make it 3-3 on aggregate, qualifying via the away goals rule.