Paris Saint-Germain defender David Luiz has warned Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho not to use defensive tactics at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night if he wants to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals.
The Brazil international, who recently told reporters that he does not regard Mourinho to be a special coach despite his nickname, believes PSG possess too much attacking quality for Chelsea to simply sit back and soak up pressure.
Luiz also revealed how Mourinho is likely to set up for this week’s crucial Champions League last-16 second leg, with the tie delicately poised at 1-1.
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Luiz reveals Mourinho's tactics
“I know how Jose will prepare for this, he will be telling the boys to be patient and hit us on the counter attack,” the versatile South American defender was quoted as saying by the Mirror. “He knows that we need to score and that they don’t, I know that is his way. We must be careful because I know that Chelsea have the ability to hurt on the counter attack, but they must be careful as well.
“To sit back and just defend against Zlatan [Ibrahimovic], [Edinson] Cavani and [Ezequiel] Lavezzi can also be very dangerous, so it is not just us who have to be careful.”
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Chelsea the narrow favourites
Chelsea, because of the fact they have home advantage and that precious away goal, are the narrow favourites to advance to the quarter-finals - but PSG have more than enough quality to cause an upset this week.
They proved in the first leg that they are more than a match for the Premier League title favourites and will be confident of securing a result at Stamford Bridge.
Luiz: PSG were better team in first leg
Luiz feels the first leg would have been a different story had Thibaut Courtois not been in goal for Chelsea. The Belgium international produced a Man of the Match display at the Parc des Princes and Luiz believes his side were the better team on the night.
“It is important we believe we can win, and the team think we can. I thought we were the better team in Paris,” Luiz continued. “If Chelsea did not have Courtois in goal we would have won the game. He was unbelievable, it is clear that Chelsea have one of the best goalkeepers in the world.”
Luiz: PSG can win at Stamford Bridge
The South American admitted that Chelsea are a formidable force at their home ground - but says his teammates are convinced they can get a result.
“Stamford Bridge is a big weapon for Chelsea, they are very strong there,” Luiz conceded. “It is not often they lose there, but this is a special Champions League night and we must believe we can go and get a positive result.
“We have players that are used to big occasions, and playing in big stadiums, we know we can do this.”
Luiz insists he will remain professional
Luiz also insists that while he looks forward to returning to his old stomping ground, he will be intent on ensuring PSG defeat Chelsea this week.
“Of course I am excited to go and see the Chelsea fans, they were fantastic, singing my name for three years,” he added.
“My friends as well, I am looking forward to seeing them all. Before the game we can be friends, after the game we are friends, but during the game every concentration will be on us reaching the quarter finals.”
PSG can upset Chelsea
With his vast amount of experience in these type of matches, Mourinho will be expected to ensure Chelsea reach the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition on Wednesday night.
But PSG are a real threat, equipped with some of the world’s best players, and have more than enough quality to cause an upset in west London.
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