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PSG’s Luiz on Chelsea draw: If not for Courtois, “We would have won easily”

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PSG’s David Luiz reacts as Chelsea’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois catches the ball during the Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)


Jose Mourinho wasn’t sure whether he’d start Thibaut Courtois against Paris Saint-Germain.

Bet he’s glad he did now, as Courtois may’ve been the No. 1 reason that Chelsea didn’t leave Paris without a single point from the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 duel with PSG.

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And ex-Blues star David Luiz is feeling aggrieved by Mourinho’s choice as well. That’s because he thinks PSG should be heading into Stamford Bridge for March 11’s second leg with a decent lead in tow.


“If it were not for the goalkeeper, we would have won easily,” the Brazilian, who played in an unorthodox midfield position against his former club, told Canal Plus. “Courtois was fantastic.”


“We played well, although they had an opportunity and they scored from it,” Luiz added. “We should have won but I think we can still qualify for the quarterfinals. We can win there. We have a good team, a good coach and the right plan will be put in place to get a result. It will be a great return leg at Stamford Bridge.”

Courtois is living up to his billing as the world’s top young goalkeeper, and it won’t be long before he’s legitimately in the non-age-modified debate with Manuel Neuer as the best in the world. He’s three wins away from going to back-to-back UEFA Champions League finals with different clubs. Not bad.

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