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Champions League preview: Paris Saint-Germain v Chelsea

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Jose Mourinho's first European game in charge of Chelsea was against Wednesday's opponents Paris Saint-Germain where he will hoping for a similar result.

The Portuguese masterminded a 3-0 win at the Parc de Princes in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League in 2004, but the prospect of facing this PSG team will be much more daunting for Mourinho when they come up against their rivals a decade later in the first leg of their last eight clash.  

Laurent Blanc's side currently sit top of Ligue 1 and look set to retain their title, as they hold a seven-point leaf over Monaco with seven games remaining and are currently on a nine-game winning streak. 

The big-spending Paris team have only lost one of their last 38 games and posses two of the most dangerous strikers in Europe in Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic who played under Mourinho with Inter in 2008, and Chelsea target Edinson Cavani. 

Guided by former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, PSG reached the same stage of the competition last season, were they were knocked-out on away goals to Spanish giants Barcelona. 

While the French champions come into the game on rich run of form, Chelsea head into the tie coming off a shock Premier League defeat to London rivals Crystal Palace, which lead to Mourinho writing off any title hopes they had. 

The former Real Madrid coach has maintained throughout the season that his Chelsea side are a work in progress in his first season back in charge of the West London team, despite being only two points behind leaders Liverpool and still in the hunt for the Champions League. 

The 2012 Champions League winners beat a Galatasaray team spear headed by former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba in the last 16 stage of this years competition, beating them 2-0 in the second leg to go through 3-1 on aggregate, but facing PSG will be a different proposition altogether. 

Chelsea Captain John Terry, who scored in the 3-0 win over PSG back in 2004 will be hoping to banish the memory of his headed own-goal in the weekend loss to Crystal Palace. 

Mourinho, who is attempting to become the first manager to win the Champions League with three different clubs and the only trophy he hasn't won in charge of Chelsea, was critical of his side after their defeat to Palace and looks set to make changes for Wednesday's clash. 

Ramires has been serving a domestic ban but should return back to the squad in Paris, while Ashley Cole is still doubtful with a knee injury. 

Three-time Champions League winner Samuel Eto'o is still out with a hamstring injury, and so to Marco van Ginkel who is still unfit following his knee injury. 

Blanc, meanwhile, will be without Netherlands right-back Gregory van der Wiel and also has a concern over forward Jeremy Menez.


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