It’s a monumental week for Chelsea, what with Jose Mourinho’s side gearing up to face Laurent Blanc’s Paris Saint-Germain in the second-leg of the Champions League round of 16.
A hard-fought 1-1 draw with PSG at the Parc des Princes during the first leg means that Mourinho’s side currently have the away goal advantage and the benefit of it being a home fixture in the all-important meeting on Wednesday.
Yet aside from the showdown that could very well determine the future of Blanc - if he loses he’s sure to be given the boot given that they’re not top of Ligue 1 - there is other important news continuing to do the rounds. Here we’ve kindly assembled it for you.
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The father of Kurt Zouma has admitted that they are both surprised at how successfully the young Frenchman’s first season in English football has gone, with it being expected that he would be nothing more than a bit-part entity during his debut campaign in west London.
Zouma moved to Stamford Bridge last summer after signing for the club in January, and his father told Le Parisien that he was surprised given that he is now a regular fixture in The Special One’s lineup.
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"When he did arrive this summer, everybody was ready to welcome him," Zouma's father said.
"After that, the fact that he regularly starts, I will not deny that it surprises me. It was not quite what we expected."
Zouma has been used ahead of Gary Cahill at times this year and also served as the de facto defensive midfield enforcer in the Capital One Cup final against Tottenham in the absence of both Nemanja Matic and John Obi Mikel.
No deal for Ivanovic
Meanwhile rumour has it that Chelsea haven’t offered key man Branislav Ivanovic a new deal yet, despite the fact that interest from Real Madrid is growing. The Serbian international is known to be one of the players Mourinho respects the most in his setup, but contrary to reports claiming that he is locked in negotiations with the Blues, the Daily Mail believes he has yet to be handed terms.
Finally David Luiz took what some are perceiving to be a shot at Mourinho over the weekend, describing the Portuguese coach as not being ‘special.’ The Brazilian defender opted to leave Chelsea last summer for Paris Saint-Germain and will line-up against his old club this week in the Champions League.
What he actually said was he’s not special to me, perhaps indicating that he just saw him as a mentor and friend rather than the media spectacle he is to the public, but who’s splitting hairs right?