Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that five of his players had to ignore their sickness in order to feature against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League Round-of-16 on Tuesday, according to reports from the Express.
The Blues managed to come out of the away tie with a 1-1 draw, with Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic giving the lead before Edinson Cavani levelled the game during the second half.
Mourinho’s men held on after a barrage of attacks from the Ligue-1 champions following Cavani’s equaliser, with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois singled out for praise by his manager.
And while the ‘Special One’ will be considerably happy to take an away goal advantage back to the second leg at Stamford Bridge, he hopes for a better display and pointed to the fact that five players were ill and didn’t have any training heading into the game at the Parc des Princes.
“(Eden) Hazard, Willian, Oscar, (Cesc) Fabregas, Ivanovic, they didn’t train,” Mourinho said.
“They did some individual training just to try to keep rolling and moving. (On Monday) they trained because you (the media) were there.
“Fabregas had three days in bed, came to play without training. Injured guys (played) without training. They gave everything.”
Chelsea will hope to keep their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League table when they host Burnley at Stamford Bridge this weekend.