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Published: 09:41 | 17/2/16

Blues still in it - Hiddink


Chelsea are 'still in the race' to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League despite a first-leg defeat at Paris Saint-Germain, according to manager Guus Hiddink.

Jon Obi Mikel cancelled out Zlatan Ibrahimovic's opener but Edinson Cavani struck late to give PSG the edge ahead of the second leg at Stamford Bridge on March 9.

Although disappointed with the defeat, Hiddink is confident the Blues have every chance of reaching the last-eight thanks to Mikel's goal.

"Of course, a defeat is never a good or nice feeling, but you have to consider that it is a two-legged game, and scoring away is always good," Hiddink said.

"We emphasise on that, and emphasise a very good tactical defensive organisation, but on top of that we had some danger also. We were not killing in the four or five counters that we had, I think we could have gone a little bit further than that. But losing 2-1, of course we are still in the race."

While Oscar was the only regular first-team player available to Hiddink, Laurent Blanc was able to call on the likes of Cavani and Javier Pastore and the Dutchman admits he was envious of PSG bench.

"I think bearing in mind we are playing a very strong team, you can see that this team what they can bring in the second half with substitutions, this is a very strong PSG with a good build in the total squad," Hiddink said.

"I envy a bit the bench of PSG."

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