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Chelsea boss confident of quarter-finals despite 2-1 Champions League loss

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink believes his side can still reach the Champions League quarter-finals after their 2-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, according to reports from the Mirror.

The Blues suffered a first-leg defeat to the hands of the French champions, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring from a free-kick before substitute Edinson Cavani grabbed the winner in the 78th minute.

However, John Obi Mikel scored a priceless away goal that gives the Premier League title holders a chance to turn the tie around at Stamford Bridge in three weeks time.

This means that a 1-0 score-line will be enough to see Chelsea through to the quarters, and interim boss Hiddink is defiant his side can achieve that result.

Hiddink said: “At the end, it hurt a bit but still we are in the race. In two legs it is important to have an away goal. If we can do it at Stamford Bridge then a defeat doesn’t count so much.

“A defeat is never a good or nice feeling, but it’s a two-legged game. Scoring away is always good. We reflect on that, and on the very good tactical, defensive organisation.

“The performance of our players was technically very good. But we could have been a bit more lethal in the counters we made. But it’s difficult to play them. That’s why I’m never happy with a loss, but it’s not a dramatic loss.

“It’s a 50-50 still. We have some weeks to prepare for this, and I hope everyone is on board for the second leg of this game.”

Star defender Gary Cahill also shared the same belief, claiming that the Blues are much stronger on home soil.

He said: “We are more confident at home, we know what we need to do. We knew how tough it was to come here and get a result. The way the tie is poised we have done it before at home.”

Chelsea were knocked out at this stage by PSG last season, and will do everything to make sure there isn’t a repeat of that outcome.

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