Jose Mourinho has stoked the fires before his side’s all-important Champions League second leg tie at home to Paris Saint-Germain by claiming that Chelsea’s training sessions are harder than some Ligue 1 games.
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The Blues last played when they defeated West Ham at home in the Premier League last Wednesday while the French side beat Lens 4-1 on Saturday – a match Mourinho said had less intensity than his squad’s training.
The dig at PSG came as part of an answer after he was questioned whether England could call itself the best league in the world, if there was only one Premier League side in the Champions League last eight.
He is quoted by The Independent as saying: “I think so. Do you imagine for example, in the quarter-finals, looking to the fixtures, the English team in the Champions League competing with Bayern Munich that has an 11-point advantage? They can play with a second team [in the Bundesliga] without any kind of pressure.
“Even PSG, I saw their game on Saturday. I think our training session on Saturday was harder than their game on Saturday. My players on Sunday, they were resting from the hard training session on the Saturday. I think on Sunday their [PSG] players were not resting from their game against Lens. It’s more difficult for English clubs.
“Do you think it’s normal where Everton are [14th] in the Premier League? It’s not normal, but they play every Thursday in the Europa League and travel and come back and play again on Sundays. This league is very difficult and the Champions League is a completely different situation.”
The Champions League tie between the two sides is delicately poised going into the second leg, with the score locked at 1-1 following the game in Paris and both sides doing all they can for this win.