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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink: We are still in the race despite PSG defeat

Chelsea's interim boss Guus Hiddink says that the Premier League club are still in the race for the Champions League, despite losing their first -leg tie against Paris Saint-Germain 2-1.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani scored as the French champions took the advantage in the first-leg of their last-16 clash on Tuesday but Hiddink believes that John Obi Mikel's away goal could be vital.

"Of course the result is negative on one side but on the other hand it's also important to have an away goal," he told BT Sport Europe. "But it hurt a bit at the end because I think the team was playing very decently against a team which has a lot of capacity to play.

"So at the end, yeah it hurt a little bit, but still we are in a race. When there are two legs then it's important to have the away goal. At the end, if we can do it at Stamford Bridge then the defeat doesn't count so much.''

Hiddink expressed jealousy at the options at Laurent Blanc's disposal after Cavani's impact.

"I envy a bit the bench of PSG. They have a very strong bench," Hiddink said.

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Chelsea still have a lifeline in their last-16 tie with PSG after John Obi Mikel's own goal.

Chelsea's defensive effort was impressive, but Eden Hazard made a limited impact. The Belgium playmaker, who chose the eve of the match to reveal it would be difficult to turn down a move to PSG, did little to boost any potential transfer fee and was withdrawn 19 minutes from the end.

Hiddink said: "He had a threat forward and he had some good runs, but of course this was a game with a high intensity. After 65, 70 minutes it was enough for him.

"He has to grow and when he does, his shape will grow as well. "Happily we also have Oscar for his position. He will be better and better."

Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic stepped up in the absence of John Terry and Kurt Zouma, who is out for the season with a knee injury.

"The players did well, not just the four defenders," Hiddink said.

However, Hiddink said he would not rush Terry back into action after Chelsea's captain skipped the trip to Paris.

"We'll see," he added. "We must be careful. We must not go into a situation where he will drop back into a longer period of injury."


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