Champions League preview: Paris Saint-Germain vs Chelsea

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Paris Saint-Germain host Chelaea for the second consecutive season on Tuesday night for the Champions League tie, with Blues Jose Mourinho is looking for a better performance in the French capital than this time last year.

The Parc des Princes, Paris, is ready for an electric repeat of last year's Champions League quarter-final and, this time David Luiz will perform for PSG, as he moved to Ligue 1 in last summer's transfer window in a £50million deal.

Last April Chelsea had put their Champions League campaign at risk as Luiz slotted the ball into his own net and put the French back in the lead, with PSG winning the first leg of that last 16 tie 3-1.

Blues went through in dramatic fashion last year

Chelsea eventually went on to win the tie by virtue of most away goals scored, 3-3 on aggregate, and qualify for the semi-finals thanks to a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge in the second leg.

Chelsea have come through their group unbeaten with four wins and two draws this time round, whereas, PSG faced a tougher group stage and finished two points short to Barcelona in Group F

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Chelsea favourites against injury-hit French champions

Mourinho's Blues have found a terrific form in the Premier League this season, being seven points clear at the summit, whist, Pairs Saint-Germain are two points from table toppers Lyon in the Ligue 1, having only drew against Caen at the weekend.

PSG's boss Lauren Blanc has injury concerns ahead of the game with midfielder Yohan Cabaye (groin), winger Lucas (Hamstring), and right-back Serge Aurier (thigh), all ruled out after they went off last weekend.

However, defender Marquinhos and midfielder Blaise Matuidi trained on Monday, though they also had walked off injured last weekend, and were named in the squad alongside Javier Pasote and Thiago Motta.

On the other hand, Diego Costa will make his return from suspension, as Mourinho confirmed in last Monday's press conference that the striker will play against PSG.

Only John Mikel Obi is doubtful with a knee injury for the Blues, but Mourinho may play Oscar as he is back for selection after missing last weekend Premier League's 1-0 victory against Everton.


Paris Saint-Germain are unbeaten in their last 32 home games in European competitions, having last lost in November 2006 against Hapoel Tel Aviv in the group stages of the UEFA Cup - the longest ever run for a French club.

Chelsea will have to be strong on the defence as the French capital club have not failed to scored in their last 18 European games. The last team to keep a clean sheet at the Parc des Princes was BATE Borisov, in February 2011.

Chelsea are one of the only three unbeaten clubs in this season's Champions League, alongside Porto and Real Madrid and the Blues have scored the most goal in the Champions League with 17 so far this campaign.


The meeting between the Parisians and Londoners is arguably the most thrilling contest of this year's Champions League last-16 tie - a must-watch.

The fixture came earlier than last term and both teams are looking for European glories, especially Paris Saint-Germain, who are trying to restore their European reputation.

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