Gary Cahill and Ramires spoke to UEFA.com after the match against PSG and both discussed the match and the hope they had for the second leg. Cahill believes that the Chelsea players have the character necessary to advance despite the two goal deficit. Both players were upbeat and positive in the face of the deficit and spoke candidly with UEFA.com
Gary Cahill’s full comments:
“It was a disastrous start. I’ve played for a long time now and I’ve been in that situation before where you go 1-0 down before you know it, for whatever reason, and you just have to try and regroup and get back in the game – and we did that. We got it back to 1-1 and controlled the first half after that. But I thought they had the second half, and the blow was at the end, with that late goal.
It’s not impossible – we were in the same situation against Napoli when we won it, and we had to get the result at home. We’re obviously strong at home, so we have the characters to do it, but it’s going to be tough. We’ve got performances, especially at Stamford Bridge, and we need a huge one in the next leg. But we’re disappointed, especially with the goal at the end – I thought it was soft.”
“It’s difficult, totally different. We need to score two goals to go through, but it’s not impossible. Paris have a great team, but we will be playing at home in front of our fans. Unfortunately we lost, but we have to keep our heads up for the next match. We can’t say that [Paris] are better than [Napoli in 2011/12]. We played against Napoli and we won, and now we will have 90 more minutes to play against Paris. It’s no use saying who is stronger; we have to show on the pitch that we deserve to win.”
Ramires also spoke about him being suspended for the match next week:
“What’s more important is the fact that we’ll be playing in front of our fans. Nothing is lost yet, we have to score two goals and we’re averaging a good amount of goals at home, so we have what it takes to reach the next stage. You can’t say that our mistakes came from midfielders or from full-backs. We’re a squad: when we win, we all win; when we lose, we all lose. It’s important to have that mentality.”
The Blues have a gargantuan task ahead of them next Tuesday and will have to fight hard to make up the difference against a fine PSG side. A 2-0 result sees them through and a 3-1 sends the match to extra time. In the event of PSG scoring two goals at Stamford Bridge then Chelsea would have to win the game by a three goal margin. Any way you look at it this will be a very exciting and difficult match for the Blues but hopefully one with a happy ending.
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