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Jose Mourinho wanted Chelsea to meet PSG in Champions League

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Jose Mourinho wanted Chelsea to draw Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16, according to club secretary David Barnard.

The Chelsea manager was keen to face French champions PSG for logistical reasons - and his wish came true when the draw was made in Nyon on Monday afternoon.

The first leg is scheduled to take place at the Parc des Princes on February 17, while the two clubs will meet at Stamford Bridge for the second leg on March 11.

Mourinho wanted PSG

Barnard, speaking to Sky Sports in the minutes after the draw, said: "First reaction is no matter who we draw they are all there by merit, PSG are no exception.

"Obviously they are known to us as we played them last year and the added ingredient of David Luiz playing for them.

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"I know Jose said before the draw he would have liked them because of the logistics and he’s right.”

Tricky tie

Chelsea advanced to last season’s Champions League semi-finals thanks to a last-gasp away-goals victory over the Parisians. PSG won the first match on home soil 3-1, but Chelsea staged a brilliant comeback in the return leg to reach the last four of Europe’s elite club competition.

Barnard believes playing at Stamford Bridge in the second leg is an advantage for Chelsea, but feels both teams are now completely different to when they last went head-to-head.

"I think when we played them last year both teams now have totally different teams,” he added. “We have an advantage by being away first so we know what we have to do the second leg.

"I think that’s basically the past, each match that comes along is a totally different scenario so we will take it from the start.

"I think Jose is quite right we have to keep our feet on the group and deal with it as we play those games."

PSG improving in Europe

Certainly, Chelsea will need to be at their best to advance to the 2014-15 Champions League quarter-finals. PSG have lost just one of their 18 Ligue 1 fixtures this season and currently sit second in the league table, one point behind Marseille.

Laurent Blanc’s side have been steadily progressing on the European stage since Qatar Sports Investment’s multi-million euro takeover of the French club in August 2011 - and they will fancy their chances of beating Chelsea over two legs in early 2015.

Mourinho’s side have been in great form this season and qualified from their Champions League group with four wins from six.

But will the Chelsea manager’s wish to draw PSG come back to haunt him?

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UEFA Champions League
Jose Mourinho
Chelsea
Football
Paris Saint-Germain

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