Ahead of tonight’s all-important Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain it’s likely Jose Mourinho’s attention won’t be focused on anything else.
The Special One knows all too well the importance of getting a positive result in the first-leg of any knockout encounter, and he’s experienced first-hand how much firepower PSG have if you give them the chance to play.
Yet despite the increasing anticipation surrounding the clash - which many fans believe has the potential to be the most enthralling of all this round’s matchups - there’s a host of other news equally as interesting for fans to pour over. If only there was a place where you could get it all at once…
Fabregas chooses Arsenal
Kicking off our roundup we turn to Francesc Fabregas, who has admitted that he thinks of Arsenal before Chelsea when considering London. The Spaniard, who captained the Gunners prior to his switch to Barcelona, has become an integral part of Mourinho’s squad this season, and the fact that he used to be a stalwart in Arsene Wenger’s setup is but a distant memory.
Yet, speaking in a Puma head-to-head interview with Marco Verratti - brought to our attention by FourFourTwo - Fabregas said that when he thinks of London the first thing that comes to his mind is family, followed by Arsenal, with Chelsea bringing up the rear in third place. We’re not going to read too much into that, but it’s an intriguing concept nonetheless.
Mourinho's PSG admission
Next up there’s a relative bombshell from Mourinho to consider, as The Special One has revealed that he could have taken the Paris Saint-Germain hot-seat, currently occupied by Laurent Blanc, before he returned to Chelsea.
The Portuguese coach has claimed prior to his side’s Champions League showdown that he even held talks in Qatar when he was in charge of Real Madrid, but chose not to take the Ligue 1 giants up on their offer as he was committed to winning La Liga.
Lastly, focusing somewhat on the big game tonight, Mourinho has also indicated that Thibaut Courtois is to be his No.1 at the Parc des Princes. The Belgian stopper has had to share the spot with Petr Cech recently, who to his credit has performed admirably, but it would appear that his position of preference in Mourinho’s eyes will win the day. Whether or not that will affect Cech’s decision over his own future is anyone’s guess.
Chelsea fans, what are you predicting for tonight’s game? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below...