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Hiddink: Chelsea are still in the race, thanks to Mikel's goal

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Chelsea lost to PSG on Tuesday evening in Paris, but John Obi Mikel's away goal will give the Blues some hope for the return leg in London. Manager Guus Hiddink wasn't thrilled with the first loss of his second spell at the club, but saw some positives in the loss, and still believes that his side can advance on March 9:

"Of course, a defeat is never a good or nice feeling, but it's a two-legged game. Scoring away is always good. We reflect on that and on the very good tactical, defensive organisation. We had some danger also. We were not killing in the four or five counters we had. We could have gone a bit further than that."

"But, losing 2-1, we're still in the race. In two legs it is important to have an away goal. If we can do it at Stamford Bridge then a defeat doesn't count so much."

Hiddink only made one substitution in Tuesday's loss, while PSG made all three, one of whom scored the match-winner. Guus spoke about the disparity between the two benches, one like he had in his first spell at Chelsea:

"We have some weeks to prepare for the second leg and I hope everyone is on board for this game. I envy the bench of PSG. A very strong bench of 15 or 16 international players, which is very good. If you see what this team can bring on in the second half, world-class players as substitutes. This is a very strong PSG, a very well built team in their total squad."

Forgetting the result for a moment, I was quite pleased with the display on Tuesday, even more so when considering the circumstances. While Chelsea played most of their first team regulars over the weekend, PSG rested several stars, and didn't have the same sort of injury worries that Chelsea had this evening.