Super Eagles and Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has expressed disappointment over his side’s defeat to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday in a UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg tie.
A composed finish from substitute Edinson Cavani gave Paris Saint-Germain the edge in another tight UEFA Champions League tie against the Blues after Zlatan Ibrahimović’s deflected opener had been swiftly cancelled out by the Nigerian international just before the half time whistle.
Reacting to the result after the final whistle, Mikel said Chelsea were disappointed with the result but that the away goal will be a major factor in the return leg.
“They got the first goal, it was a deflection. I had to fall in because he [Lucas] was going deeper and deeper into our 18-yard box. And then the free kick as well just skipped off my feet and went into the back of the net.
“But we came back strong as well, but we’re very disappointed to have lost the game. We know they’re a very good team. Our aim was to come out here and get a goal and we’ve done that tonight. We still have the second leg to play back home, so we have to take that back home and capitalise on that and make sure we build on that.
“We are very disappointed with losing the game, i thought we did very well, played very well and defended very well when we had to. I’m so very disappointed to have lost the game.” Mikel told BT Sport
Six minutes before half-time, Ibrahimović gave the home side the lead following a trip on Lucas by Mikel 20 metres out. Courtois looked to have Ibrahimović’s fierce drive covered, but the ball struck Mikel on the end of the Chelsea wall and span away from the goalkeeper.
No matter; the visitors were back on terms before half-time. Willian took the corner from the right and Costa beat Ibrahimović to divert the ball to Mikel. The Nigerian had scored just five previous goals for Chelsea and none in 14 months – yet a fine first touch gave him the chance to hammer in a low drive from eight metres.