Pay per Head Sportsbooks: Mourinho said that his sprint was not in celebration

Jose MourinhoJose Mourinho insists that his touchline sprint after the Blues’ late UEFA Champions League goal against Paris Saint-Germain was not in celebration, something that surprised pay per head sportsbooks.

Price per head services saw that Mourinho ran from his dugout to join his elated players after an 87th-minute strike by substitute Demba Ba, which put the hosts ahead on away goals in their quarter-final second-leg tie against PSG on Tuesday.

But the Portuguese manager said that it was not a gesture of joy, but an attempt to pass on tactical instructions and calm his players down.

“I didn’t go to the corner flag to celebrate,” he told ITV. “I went to tell them the changes we had to make. There were three minutes plus extra (injury) time left and the way we were playing was too risky.

“I wanted Demba Ba to play in front of the defenders and Fernando Torres to defend Maxwell. I tried to use them in different jobs.”

However, pay per head sportsbooks saw that Mourinho praised Ba for doing what the hosts were struggling to do throughout even though they enjoyed a lot of possession – break down PSG’s defence.

“I think we did enough at the beginning of the second half to score before we did,” he added.

“The contradiction of what they (PSG) are and what they wanted to do. In the second half it was pure ball possession. But it was difficult for us to penetrate.

“We did it in training yesterday, with three different systems, all of which we used.

“The players knew what they had to do. Demba Ba made a crucial finish for us.

“It was very much deserved that the team that tried to defend was punished. The team that played with their heart deserved to go through.”

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Pay per head sportsbooks saw that Andre Schurrle, who in the first half was introduced from the bench in the place of an injured Eden Hazard, gave the Blues the lead before the break, with Ba being the unlikely hero late on.