Jose Mourinho told Chelsea players to forget about Champions League

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Chelsea playmaker Oscar has revealed what Jose Mourinho said in the minutes after the Blues' shock Champions League exit to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month.

The Brazil international hinted Mourinho wasn't angry after returning to the dressing room, despite his side's lacklustre performance in front of their home supporters and, instead of ranting and raving, took the opportunity to reassure his players.

In his post-match press conference, Mourinho said it was imperative Chelsea forgot about the Champions League and focused on the Premier League instead. And that's the exact same message he gave to his players in the dressing room.

Oscar: Mourinho told us to forget about result

"It was very tough for us but Mourinho came to us right after the match and told us to forget about it immediately,” Oscar told the London Evening Standard. "He said that we had to forget it in the minute after the final whistle and have our minds on the Premier League only.

"Obviously we would like to win it all but sometimes we face great opponents as well. PSG deserved that victory, no question about it. We are now leading the Premier League and that is our focus.”

Chelsea return to winning ways

Chelsea looked to have secured their place in the Champions League quarter-finals until their former player David Luiz, who left Stamford Bridge in a £50 million deal last summer, crashed home a headed equaliser with minutes remaining.

Eden Hazard then put Chelsea ahead from the penalty spot, five minutes into extra time, but a looping header from Thiago Silva in the 114th minute of the match sent 10-man PSG threw to the last eight at Chelsea's expense.

Chelsea could only draw 1-1 with Southampton in their next fixture, but Mourinho's men returned to winning ways last Sunday, surviving a scare to beat Hull City 3-2 at the KC Stadium.

That result kept Chelsea's six-point lead over second-placed Manchester City intact, while the Blues also have a game in hand over the reigning Premier League champions.

Barring a catastrophic slip-up, Chelsea will finish the season as champions of England for the first time since 2010.

But the west London outfit can ill-afford to become complacent at this crucial stage of the season, with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool still to play.

Mourinho deserves more criticism for dire PSG display

Chelsea should have booked their place in the Champions League quarter-finals and Mourinho escaped relatively lightly in terms of media criticism.

It was, however, one of the worst results of Mourinho's managerial career.

Chelsea had home advantage and a man advantage for an hour of normal time, plus 30 minutes of extra-time, following Zlatan Ibrahimovic's harsh red card in the first half.

But Mourinho's side inexplicably failed to capitalise and subsequently suffered an embarrassing defeat which could - and should - have been avoided.

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