Chelsea have been eliminated from the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain on away goals after their round of sixteen tie ended 3-3 on aggregate, sparking comments from former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher that the Premier League is “miles away” from being the best in the world.
The Blues drew 1-1 in Paris two weeks ago but could not beat a PSG side who earned an impressive 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge after extra-time despite playing for 90 minutes with ten men as star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off after half an hour.
Gary Cahill put Chelsea 1-0 up with ten minutes of normal time to go but former defender David Luiz equalised just five minutes later to send the game to extra-time.
Eden Hazard restored Chelsea’s lead from the penalty spot after Thiago Silva handled the ball in the box but the powerful Brazilian centre-back steered his fine header past Thibaut Courtois with just six minutes left, sending PSG through to the quarter-finals on away goals.
Jamie Carragher, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, believes the result proves Premier League clubs are still nowhere near good enough to win Europe’s elite competition.
“The Premier League is miles behind other leagues. Best league in the world? Give me a break,” he said speaking on Sky Sports immediately after the game.
“We’re meant to be the best [league] in the world with the best players. We are being kidded. We are miles away.”
Chelsea have joined Liverpool as the second English club to be eliminated from this season’s Champions League before the quarter-final stage as the Reds were knocked out in the group stages.
Arsenal and Manchester City remain in the competition but both lost their round of sixteen home legs against AS Monaco and FC Barcelona respectively.
The Gunners head to France next Tuesday, trailing 3-1, while City will need to overturn a 2-1 deficit at the Nou Camp next Wednesday.
Do you agree with Jamie Carragher? Is the Premier League “miles away” from being the best league in the world?