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Jose Mourinho will take advantage of a broken Paris Saint-Germain team

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Lauren Blanc has a lot to be worried about ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash against Chelsea at the Parc des Princes, as Paris Saint-Germain suffered a large number of injuries which saw them draw at the weekend and miss out on climbing top of the Ligue 1 table.

It should have been a routine victory for Blanc's men as they hosted 14th-place Caen, but, instead, it was a scary and disappointing contest, as the visitors managed to take one point with two goals scored on and after the 89th minute.

What does it mean for Chelsea?

It means for Jose Mourinho that his team will face a weakened Paris Saint-Germain, who will miss some of their best players in the first leg of the last-16 round of the Champions League.

Whilst, Chelsea will only miss the like of John Obi Mikel, who is ruled out with a knee injury. It means that Mourinho has his best starting XI available to improve last year's scenario and win by a more comfortable result - remember the Blues beat the French champions with a 3-3 aggregate score, winning with the most away goals.

Mourinho may have enjoyed watching the fixture from his sofa, and maybe together with his team, as, at Stamford Bridge, they all had a weekend off, being out of the FA Cup.

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Certainly, Paris' epic fail to join the summit of the table brought up a smile to his face as the 'special one' has now less to worry about when it comes Monday and will start preparing his team for the repeat of last year's quarter-finals.

Drama

'Dramatic' is perhaps the best word to describe what happened on Saturday afternoon. It had all started very well for PSG with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring his 11th goal of the season only after 72 seconds, followed by Ezequiel Lavezzi, who doubled the scoreline before the interval.

But, on the quarter-hour Yohan Cabaye picked up a groin injury and was replaced by young talent Adrien Rabiot. Then, centre-back Marquinhos followed when he walked off at half-time with a hamstring injury,  David Luiz eventually went on to play the rest of the match.

However, the same scenario happened 20 minutes from the final whistle and led to the collapse of PSG's defensive force.

This time, a knee injury forced Blaise Matuidi to leave early, Blanc had lost his best defensive midfielder, and, again, it was followed by another concern when right-back Serge Aurier picked up a thigh injury and was carried off on a stretcher seconds later.

Blanc received the ultimate and last kick in the backside when Lucas voluntary walked off to protect a knock he was carrying, having also picked up a hamstring injury.

What to expect?

Edinson Cavani was left on the bench at the weekend, but certainly the Uruguay striker will be playing on Tuesday, especially if Lucas is missing on the wing.

David Luiz should be first choice alongside Thiago Silva to stop Diego Costa and Co, as the Brazilian knows how Mourinho function with his experience at the Bridge.

Last weekend's events did not favourited the French capital club ahead of the meeting with Chelsea, but we should still expect an entertaining game with the Parisian looking to take revenge on the Londoners.

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Jose Mourinho
UEFA Champions League
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Chelsea
Paris Saint-Germain

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