Former Chelsea captain Marcel Desailly does not believe Paris Saint-Germain have too much to fear in terms of a hostile atmosphere when they travel to Chelsea this week, as he says Blues fans are not intimidating.
Speaking to Le Parisien, the retired star was asked if the crowd at Stamford Bridge would be something Laurent Blanc's side will have to worry about, but he insisted it should not be an issue as going to Chelsea is not as unnerving an experience as going to Liverpool or Manchester United. The report uses quotes from the likes of Barcelona's Gerard Pique and Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna claiming that the proximity of the fans to the pitch was an intimidating factor, but Desailly did not agree.
"Even if the spectators are very close, the ground is a small stadium with 42,000 seats, far away from the atmospheres of San Siro in Milan, Old Trafford in Manchester and Anfield in Liverpool. It will not have much influence," he said.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was critical of his side as they slipped to a 3-1 defeat in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final at Parc des Princes. It left the Blues with a tough task if they are to make it through to the semi-finals and Mourinho is confident his men can pull it off.
One positive for the Blues is the fact that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss out due to an injury suffered in the match last week, though he was quiet that night and the Ligue 1 champions aren't exactly short of option. Edinson Cavani is set to lead the line on Tuesday night and the £55million man looked in good form against the Blues.
Chelsea fans are unlikely to be too happy with Desailly's quotes, especially as he was a crowd favourite for so long, but there is no denying that the former France international knows a thing or two about playing in the most hostile atmospheres on the biggest stage. He made his name as a youngster by becoming the first player to win the Champions League in consecutive years, with Marseille then AC Milan, and was also part of the France teams that won the World Cup in 1998 and European Championship in 2000.