Paris - Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho has scoffed at suggestions that going out of the FA Cup early helped his players by keeping them fresh for Tuesday's Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain.
While injury-ravaged PSG played two matches in four days last week, Chelsea's players had a full week off because the club was not involved in this past weekend's FA Cup matches, having been eliminated by Bradford.
Mourinho said Monday "it's never a blessing to be knocked out of any competition. It's always a problem and never a solution."
PSG lost four players through injury in Saturday's 2-2 draw against Caen, prompting questions whether Laurent Blanc's team is paying the price for fatigue.
But Mourinho thinks PSG has no cause for complaint because French clubs enjoy a two-week winter break.