Chelsea favourites to make semi-finals - Motta

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Chelsea are still favourites to progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League despite their 3-1 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain last night according to Thiago Motta.

An early goal from Ezequiel Lavezzi plus a late strike from Javier Pastore along with a David Luiz own-goal have left the Blues with a mountain to climb in the second leg at Stamford Bridge next week.

Eden Hazard got on the scoresheet from the spot to offer Chelsea a glimmer of hope in the first half, but manager Jose Mourinho was left lamenting his side's uncharacteristically sloppy defensive display. 

"We scored in our own goal, and the third goal … it's a joke," said the manager. "Not a goal, a joke. Gary Cahill said it was sloppy but I say it was ridiculous. It was Pastore and us.

Despite the defeat, Chelsea can take heart from their Champions League comeback win against Napoli in the last 16 before going on to win the competition back in 2012 - and Motta believes the Premier League giants still have the upper hand in the tie.

He said: "Chelsea remain the favourites, they have such an experience in European Cups, such players. They will be even better on hostile terrain next week.

"The last 30 minutes of the first period (in Paris), they were huge. There were so many key things that happened in the game - the penalty that wasn't given to (Edinson) Cavani, (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic's injury - but we showed we knew how to react and recover."

Chelsea are also likely to buoyed by the fact that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is unlikely to be fit in time for the return leg at Stamford Bridge after the Swede limped off with a hamstring complaint last night.

When asked about his stricken team-mate, Motta said: Ibra? It's complicated, we will wait and hope it is not too serious."

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