Failing to beat 10-man Paris Saint-Germain shows just how far away Chelsea are from being a great team, according to Paul Scholes.
Jose Mourinho’s men twice squandered the lead at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday as the Ligue 1 champions overcame the first-half dismissal of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.
Despite Gary Cahill scoring from a corner and Eden Hazard converting from the penalty spot, Chelsea struggled to create clear chances in two hours of play at home and Scholes believes they are still some way short of the very best.
“In the build-up to the first leg against Paris Saint-Germain last month, Jose Mourinho said that his Chelsea side could already be considered ‘a great team’, a remark that struck me at the time as premature, to say the least,” the former Manchester United star wrote in his Evening Standard column.
“Great teams do not play away in Europe and create just one goalscoring chance in the course of a game, as Chelsea did in Paris. And great teams certainly do not fail to beat opponents reduced to 10 men at home, as Chelsea did on Wednesday.
“Even down to 10 men, PSG carried on creating chances, like the one in the second half that ended with Edinson Cavani hitting the post. That’s what the top teams do, even away from home.
“Chelsea’s failure to create chances in Paris, and then again this week, shows how far they have to go to be considered among the very best in Europe.”