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Zlatan Ibrahimovic says Chelsea stars acted 'like babies'

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has blasted Chelsea's stars, claiming they acted like 'babies' in order to get him sent off. 

The Swedish striker was dismissed after 31 minutes in Wednesday's Champions League clash after a tackle on Oscar. However, his Paris Saint Germain side were still able to progress to the quarter-finals on away goals as the tie finished 2-2 after extra time. 

Ibrahimovic dismissed

The decision to dismiss Ibrahimovic seemed harsh, with Oscar himself guilty of a raised boot and an over-exuberant reaction. Chelsea players stormed around referee Bjorn Kuipers before he brandished the red card.

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And the 33-year-old claimed Jose Mourinho's players forced the referee into a rash decision.

"When I got the red card all the Chelsea players come around," Ibrahimovic told BBC Sport after the game.

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"It felt like I had a lot of babies around me. I don't know if I have to get angry or start to laugh. For me when I saw the red card I was like 'the guy doesn't know what he's doing'. 

"I don't know if he (Oscar) was acting afterwards. Doesn't matter. We won the game, we went through and let's see what happens."

Settling the score

Despite having a numerical advantage for an hour in normal time, Chelsea could not stamp their authority on the game as PSG played with freedom, fuelled by a sense of injustice. Gary Cahill's strike looked to have put Chelsea into the next round until their former defender David Luiz thumped a header past Thibaut Courtois to take the tie into extra-time. 

Thiago Silva was then penalised for handling in the area; Eden Hazard cooly slotted the penalty away to hand the Blues the impetus once again. However, with just six minutes of extra-time remaining, Silva made up for his error by placing his header over Courtois to send the French champions through. 

Both Mourinho and PSG manager Laurent Blanc hope Ibrahimovic's red-card will be over-turned, allowing him to play in the next round of the competition. However, the Portuguese manager did take a swipe at Luiz, claiming that he should be banned for elbowing striker Diego Costa in the first half. 

Mourinho and Blanc assessments

"Maybe they can do what is fair by the disciplinary point of view and suspend David and take the red card from Ibra and let Ibra play the quarter-finals" - Mourinho

And judging by Blanc's reaction, it is likely the club will be appealing against the automatic ban. 

"I hope Ibra can be with us in the quarter-finals," the ex-Manchester United defender said. 

"He'll certainly want to play a good match in the quarter-finals because he has a feeling that he did something that punished the team and could have punished them terminally.

"I think he's going to play very well in the quarter-finals."

Criticisms

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher also criticised Chelsea's attitude throughout the game, highlighting the way they swarmed around the ref after Ibrahimovic's tackle. 

"The worst bit of dirty tricks was from Chelsea, surrounding the referee, the reaction was disgraceful," he said. 

"Jose Mourinho could end up being the most successful manager ever with the trophies he goes on to win in his career but I don't think him and his teams will be ever be loved because of actions like that.

"Does Mourinho care? I don't think he probably cares. I think it's sad."

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