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Thursday 24 August 2017

Souness blasts 'pathetic' Chelsea

Former Liverpool player and manager Graeme Souness labelled Chelsea's approach in their Champions League exit to Paris St Germain as "pathetic".

The Blues crashed out of the competition on away goals after drawing the last-16 second leg match 2-2, meaning PSG progressed with the aggregate finishing 3-3.

Former Liverpool player and manager Souness hailed the effort of the French club, who played for more than an hour with 10 men after Zlatan Ibrahimovic was controversially sent off for a first-half late challenge on Blues midfielder Oscar.

What raised Souness' ire was Chelsea's reaction to the challenge, with several of their players surrounding the referee.

"This PSG team is just full of technique, a really good footballing team and they had to put up with stuff which I find really, really unappealing," Souness said in his role as a pundit on Sky Sports 5.

"The reaction of the Chelsea players on the challenge on Oscar epitomised what I'm saying. To a man they surrounded the referee, (Diego) Costa ran 50 yards to get involved.

"That is something we can do without, that is not the British way of doing things, it's creeping into our game, which is, I find, totally unacceptable.

"When you played, the last thing you wanted to show was that you were injured. Today is the exact opposite of that, someone brushes you, you want to go down and try and get them in trouble. That's how pathetic it is.

"We saw a bit of that in the first half and thank goodness the PSG team stood up to that and they leave here with credit. They're a proper team."

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