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Fernando Torres is not a 'real striker' - Mourinho

Torres failed to make an impact against PSG
Torres failed to make an impact against PSG.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho blasted his forwards after their disappointing performances against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night - and hinted that, in his opinion, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba were not even 'real strikers'.

Mourinho left both Torres and Ba out of his starting line-up, opting to deploy Andre Schurrle as a makeshift striker instead. The Portuguese coach sent on Torres for the second half, but was unimpressed with the Spaniards' efforts, as the west London outfit slumped to a 3-1 first-leg defeat in Paris.

While Mourinho conceded that Schurrle did his job, he hinted that Torres and Ba do not even qualify as 'real strikers'.

"I’m not happy with my strikers’ performances so I had to try things," a furious Mourinho told reporters. "And with Andre at least I know we have one more player to have the ball, one more player to associate with the other players, even though he’s not a striker.

"But football is not just about that. It’s also about scoring goals, getting behind, and that is for strikers. Real strikers. And I had to try.

"It’s difficult for us to score goals, especially when the games are tight. It’s difficult for us to transform the half-chances into chances.

"And when you make a defensive mistake, you are in trouble."

Chelsea have given themselves a mountain to climb in the second leg after conceding three goals at the Parc des Princes. Ezequiel Lavezzi gave the hosts the lead on the third minute, before Eden Hazard levelled from the penalty spot midway through the first half.

However, a David Luiz own goal and a stoppage-time solo effort from Javier Pastore, which Mourinho described as "ridiculous", left Mourinho fuming at the full-time whistle.

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Paris Saint-Germain
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Fernando Torres
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UEFA Champions League
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