Demba Ba's late goal gives Chelsea dramatic win to send Stamford Bridge rocking and Mourinho back into another Champions League semi-final.
As a Chelsea fan it's a roller coaster ride that's for sure. It seems recently we have had many of these nail bitting, pulsating and emotional nights where we realise why we love our team and the beautiful game.
I went into the game semi confident we'd turn it around. The Napoli game is a prime example of why we could do it but I could go back to 2005 against Barca where JT scored that last gasp goal also the nights against Liverpool in 08 and 09.
Chelsea have always had a love affair in Europe even before the days of Roman even if not this big a stage
the club has always been known for big occasions and against PSG was no different.
We scraped and clawed our way past the French side with goals from Schurrle and Ba. Ba, who came to Chelsea a year ago and has been an afterthought at best this season and even though he has scored a few goals he's not Chelsea quality in my opinion. Against PSG when we needed some magic he done it when it mattered most which describes Chelsea. Two years ago against Barca when Torres scored that iconic goal which will remain in our hearts forever this will be no different to many Chelsea fans you could refer to it as Wayne Bridge status, never amazing but done it when it mattered.
In terms of the whole game it was very scrappy with not many clear cut chances. I watched the Dortmund game against Madrid and that was different so in truth we only really had maybe four clear cut chances and converted two of the them.
The first half an hour was very comfortable for the visitors with us not providing any danger Hazard looked poor giving the ball away but that was soon to be revealed as an injury and PSG looked dangerous on the counter.
So then the turning point, all of the blue faithful me included put our head in our hands when we saw Eden Hazard come off. The one man who could provide that bit of magic which could see us through. Schurrle came on for him and had a decent game against Stoke but a terrible one in the first leg at the Parc des Princes the week before but was determined to put that right working hard and running at defenders all night.
The first breakthrough came after the half hour mark when a long throw was launched into the box and after a knock down by Cahill the German Schurrle stepped in to knock the ball home. 1-0! Game on, the crowd lifted the game changed as Schurrle and the rest of the team moved forward in search of that all important second goal.
Cahill lashed and skied a chance from a Lampard free kick whipped into the box and to be honest we looked most dangerous from set pieces rather than open play.
The first half ended and it set up the second half nicely.
In the second we came out firing and hit the crossbar twice in quick succession as a nice piece of play by Oscar, Luiz and Willian who were all sensational on the night, led to Willian in the box who cut back the ball to Schurrle who was running into the box and tried to curl it into the roof of the net and had PSG keeper Sirigu beaten all ends up but it rebounded off the woodwork as the whole of Stamford Bridge gasped as the chance went. Then only a minute later a free kick by Oscar outside the box hit nearly the same part and the young Brazilian looked to have beaten Sirigu but it was de ja vu as the tie continued.
Lampard came off for Ba at this point who hadn't had an amazing game and was on a yellow and we were chasing a goal so must needs as we now had two upfront Eto'o who had looked sharp all night but needed help.
The one surprise from my point of view was that it was Ba and not Torres, although Ba did score the decisive goal and Fernando eventually came on it still begs the question does Mourinho put the Spaniard third in the strikers line? Is that it for Torres this season? Or did Jose think Ba was the best option tactically to hold up the ball and bring strength?. It only makes me wonder that Torres is truly done at Chelsea and Mourinho now puts Ba and Eto'o in front of the number 9.
So at this point we were throwing everything at PSG and had to sacrifice space and shape at the back and Cavani from a long Cabaye ball almost killed the tie but he blasted it into the lower tier of the Shed End. Torres then came on for Oscar and it was all or nothing it seemed we were just going the long ball route and looking to to get lucky on a knock down in the box and nearly did as Ba latched on to a high ball in the box that was eventually given as a foul on Ba who had seemed to have done nothing wrong.
Then came the moment,another long ball was launched in and Torres got in front of former Chelsea man Alex and knocked the ball down to Eto'o who swerved and tried to shoot but no luck as the ball was blocked and it came out to Dave who scuffed a low shot across the box which eventually fell to Demba Ba who was falling to the ground and scuffed a shot which seemed to slowly glide and nestle into top of the net and the stadium erupted, the sheer look of disbelief on Demba's face told the story and it was another heroic night at the Bridge with Jose running down the touchline again towards the bundle of players celebrating to pull out Fernando, Demba and Eto'o. In a perfect world he could of been telling the strikers that 'I love you' and 'I'm sorry for what i said about you' but after the Special One said it was the give tactics but it was still a great moment.
Cech pulled out another top class save not to be beaten at his near post again in the dying seconds and then the final whistle blew to send everyone in blue delirious and in to another semi final and have us dreaming of another European Cup.
Mourinho said it was a performance with 'special spirit' after the game and I think it was another typical Chelsea performance in the Champions League. Heart, desire and drama.