Chelsea go into the crucial second leg of the quarter finals where they face PSG and hope to overturn a two-goal deficit in the hopes of progressing further.
The Blues manager Jose Mourinho spoke to the press before the match at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.
Chelsea supporters and players know that it is going to be a difficult task to reach the semi final after losing the first leg in Paris 3-1. Mourinho was asked whether he thought his side could pull a comeback and reach one step closer to the final. He said:
‘If you ask me if I think we are going to win tomorrow, yes I think we are. That’s the most important thing to listen to. In the end of the two legs I think we are going to score more goals than them, pure mathematics. By the end it can be 4-3 or 5-4 in our favour. If I don’t think that way I can go home tomorrow’
The Portuguese coach said that he believes in his team, who more importantly believe that they can stage a comeback:
‘My reasons to believe? The reasons are not important, the belief is important. I believe and my players believe. That is the most important thing.
‘We have to enjoy the risk of the situation. At 9.30pm we can be out – and we know that we have this risk – but at 7.45pm we have a chance to be in the semi-final. At 7.45pm we have to have a smile on our face, going, playing, giving everything, and seeing what happens at 9.30pm. At 7.45pm we will believe we can do it.’, said Jose Mourinho
Mourinho spoke about his Champions League experience and asked his side to step up and show their quality of playing at the top level:
‘I’ve played 115 or 120 matches in the Champions League and I still can’t say how the game is going to be. I don’t know. We need to win. The players have to show their quality, their confidence, the ambition – all these qualities that make these players and the team play at the top level.
The ex-Real boss said that Chelsea were self destructive in the first leg and lost because of that rather than because of the danger posed by PSG:
‘In Paris we expected for example PSG to play very well, control the game and be very dangerous. We were dangerous to ourselves; we scored half of the first goal, we scored the second goal and the third goal, plus our goal. We scored three and a half goals in that match and it was not that Paris played very well.
‘They can say they come to attack and maybe they don’t cross the midfield line. Maybe they say they come to defend and they find spaces and they score goals. We don’t know.
‘The only think I know is that if we don’t score a minimum of two goals we have no chance. If they score one we have to score three, if they score two we have to score five. This is all I know, the basic mathematics.’
Mourinho asked the fans to also support the team as their push would an important factor in the London club getting a win in the match and reaching the semis stage:
‘We need the supporters but we know that without us performing it’s difficult for them to support,’ Mourinho said. ‘They know that normally at home we play well, so I think they also have a hope we can do that.
‘They understand if they can push us a little that push is welcome, but I think everything starts with us and if we can show that we can do it I think they will come with us.’