Terry defends Chelsea ‘babies’

Television pundits Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher led the criticism of Jose Mourinho’s players, nine of whom, led by Terry, surrounded Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers before the harsh dismissal of Ibrahimovic for a foul on Oscar after 31 minutes.

Despite playing with ten men for an hour and a half, including in extra-time, PSG prevailed on away goals in an ill-tempered affair.

“Once they’re charging the ref, the only thing we can do is respond,” Terry said.

“You can’t as a group of players let them surround the ref, trying to get our players booked.

“For me if I have to run 20, 30 yards, it doesn’t look great but when you’re standing back and seeing five or six of their players surrounding the ref, for me I think I support my team-mates.

“And once I go, four or five go with me, it doesn’t look good at all but that’s part of the game. We’ll match it if people want to mix it, that’s part of our game as well.

“You have to stick up for your team-mates. Every other side is as bad as each other. It’s part of the game.”

It is a part of the game many would wish to do without and, while Chelsea may have refused to be cowed by a team labelled the “most aggressive” the Blues had played this season, Mourinho’s men deserved to bow out on away goals.