Eden Hazard and Gary Cahill reflected on last night’s disappointment and looked ahead to the task that awaits us in the return leg on Tuesday.
The pair both played the full 90 minutes in Paris and it was Hazard that brought us level on the night with a clinical penalty midway through the first half. Ultimately, though, individual mistakes cost us as the home side ran out 3-1 winners, with Javier Pastore’s injury-time third especially disappointing.
Cahill pinned his frustrations on that goal and also the one we conceded very early on.
‘It was a disastrous start,’ said the defender. ‘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. The blow at the end was devastating. It was a horrible time to concede. It was a sloppy goal – unlike us.’
A fine Eden Hazard performance against the Parisians at Stamford Bridge will go a long way to helping us recover the situation and with goals required there can be no doubt what our approach will be.
‘It’s a shame we could not hold on to the 2-1 but we are strong,’ Hazard said.
‘We only have one thing to do – attack and score. Paris are a great team but Chelsea can turn things around at home. We have already proved that and we are capable of doing it again.’
Having not long ago been part of the side that overturned a 3-1 scoreline in a Champions League knock-out game, Cahill is also well aware of what is required if we are to progress next Tuesday evening.
‘We’ve been here before, against Napoli in the year we won it. We’ve got the character and the players to do it. We’ve got a big task ahead of us and we need to approach it in the right manner.
‘The onus is on us to be on the front foot from the first whistle. I hope we will be and I’m sure we will be. We’ve got performances in us at home and we need a huge one in the second leg against what is a very good team.’
– A clip of Gary Cahill talking to Chelsea TV after the game is available to view above (subject to registration), with the full interview on the Chelsea TV section of this website.