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Jose Mourinho and Branislav Ivanovic happy with positive result


Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was satisfied with the 1-1 draw against Paris Saint-Germain in last night's UEFA Champions League game at the Parc des Princes.

The Blues took the lead in unusual fashion after John Terry's cross was flicked by Gary Cahill with Branislav Ivanovic heading his side in front in the 36th minute of game.

But the three defenders were guilty of poor marking in the early stages of the second half, allowing former Napoli man Edinson Cavani to restore parity in the 54th minute.

"We could have lost, so I think the result is a positive one," Mourinho told ITV1.

"I don't say very good because it depends on the result of the second leg but it is a positive result against a very good team with fantastic technical players. It was a difficult match.

"I am happy with the result because two legs is now one leg with everything to be decided at Stamford Bridge.

"When you see the performance of our goalkeeper you have to say yes [we got away with it], he made two or three important saves in the game.

"Sometimes people speak about the players when they are injured and do not play. There are injured players who play, they don't train to play.

"I had five players in this game who did not train since Everton. We felt that a little."

Mourinho's positive opinion was echoed by defender Branislav Ivanovic who was also full of praise for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

"We deserved the positive result," Ivanovic told Sky Sport.

"It was a great flick from Gary Cahill and I naturally go forward to try and get the goal. We have great defenders who always try to go for the goal and defend for the team but I think everyone did well today.

"PSG had three proper strikers play the game and it was very difficult to close everything down.

"Thibaut Courtois made amazing saves, at the moment we don't which of our goalkeepers [are better] - they are both fantastic and it a great feeling to have someone behind you who is doing something special."

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