Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has told Cesc Fabregas that Chelsea will beat his team 4-0 during this week's Champions League last 16 first leg at the Parc des Princes.
The diminutive midfielder's surprise response came during a PUMA-sponsored interview conducted between the two players - and brought to our attention by Goal.com.
However, Verratti explained that he is predicting Chelsea to thrash PSG for superstitious reasons, and not because he is entirely pessimistic about his side's chances.
Verratti: Chelsea will beat PSG 4-0
When Fabregas asked who will win the match, the Italy international responded: “Chelsea. I think they'll beat us 4-0!
“We Italians are very superstitious so before the game we prefer to predict that the opponents will win.”
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Fabregas predicts 2-1 Chelsea win
Fabregas was less superstitious with his response to the same question, confidently telling Verratti that Chelsea will win 2-1 in Paris on Tuesday night.
The bookmakers cannot split the two teams ahead of the first leg. Skybet currently have both PSG and Chelsea priced at 17/10, with the draw available at 21/10.
A tight, hard-fought first leg is expected - although Chelsea's primary aim will be to come away from the match with an away goal.
Mourinho must learn lessons from last season
Jose Mourinho set his side up too conservatively during last season's Champions League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid and ultimately paid the price, as his Chelsea side drew 0-0 at the Vicente Calderon before losing 3-1 at home.
Mourinho might be a little more adventurous with his tactics in Paris this week. The Portuguese coach got it badly wrong at the Parc des Princes last year, as Chelsea lost 3-1 but advanced to the semi-finals thanks to a last-gasp 2-0 home leg win.
Verratti remembers last season's 3-1 win
Verratti told Fabregas that last season's match between PSG and Chelsea in Paris was the best game he has ever played in.
Ezequiel Lavezzi opened the scoring for the hosts in the third minute, before Eden Hazard equalised for the west London outfit midway through the first half.
PSG won the match thanks to an own goal from David Luiz - who left Chelsea for PSG last summer - and an excellent solo effort by attacking midfielder Javier Pastore in the dying minutes.
Video: Fabregas and Verratti interview
PSG must bounce back from disappointment
Laurent Blanc's side, though, must bounce back from a hugely disappointing result against Caen on Saturday.
Leading 2-0 with one minute of normal time remaining, the Parisians conceded two goals in three minutes to drop two points in the race for the Ligue 1 title.
Chelsea will be content with a goalscoring draw on Tuesday night, but have their work cut out against a dangerous PSG side.
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