For the second season operating PSG knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League and Guus Hiddink rued Diego Costa’s second-half withdrawal.
Guus Hiddink believes the loss of Diego Costa to injury in the second half proved expensive as Chelsea had been knocked out of your Champions League in the last-16 stage by Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.
Spain striker Costa place in a hugely impressive efficiency within the first half at Stamford Bridge and scored the equaliser to cancel out Adrien Rabiot’s 16th-minute opener for the visitors.
On the other hand, Costa – who was missing in Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League draw against Stoke City – suffered a recurrence of a hip injury and was replaced by youngster Bertrand Traore on the hour mark.
PSG sensed an chance plus the evergreen Zlatan Ibrahimovic – sent off against Chelsea in the very same stage last season – gained redemption by turning in Angel Di Maria’s cross within the 67th minute to safe a 2-1 win and 4-2 aggregate triumph for the Ligue 1 champions.
“Yeah, he [Costa] produced a wonderful target of course, but we knew he was not entirely fit,” Chelsea boss Hiddink told BT Sport. “He was desperate to play, he did what he could but was not totally match.
“You saw the distinction between the squads when we had to bring young guys on and they have Edinson Cavani to come in. Despite the fact that, I must say that we had young Kenedy, creating a [full] Champions League debut at left-back and he was great.
“We’ll see [how severe Costa’s injury is]. I hope it is actually not long term for Diego. I need to spend respect for him, he desperately wanted to play. He had an incredibly superior game.”
Chelsea’s defeat signifies their final hope of silverware this season is within the FA Cup, although their probabilities of qualifying for next season’s Champions League are increasingly slim as they may be ten points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City within the Premier League.
“We knew it was a tricky season for Chelsea when I came in last December,” Hiddink added. “We have been panicking simply because we were in relegation danger.
“Chelsea’s target was to obtain out of relegation which we did in short space of time, nevertheless it is hard to get fourth place plus the Champions League.”