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Frank Leboeuf: Chelsea fans are greedy

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Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf has taken a swipe at Stamford Bridge supporters by claiming the fans are so used to winning that they're no longer capable of creating an intimidating atmosphere for rival clubs coming to west London.

If that criticism wasn't bad enough, the Frenchman labelled Blues followers greedy, and suggested that Liverpool have a much more vociferous set of spectators, urging newcomers to the English game to sample the ambience at Anfield to get a real feeling of what it's like to be a passionate football supporter.

Leboeuf's comments come ahead of Chelsea's Champions League last 16 second leg clash against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, with the tie tentatively poised at 1-1 from the previous encounter at Parc des Princes.

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The 47-year-old is of the belief that home advantage could prove pivotal if Jose Mourinho's side are going to advance to the quarter-finals, but given the muted mood that often sweeps the Stamford Bridge terraces he's not ruling out PSG's chances of recording a surprise result.

"The atmosphere is less since the team started winning trophies," Leboeuf told The Sun. "The fans have become, as they say in English, 'greedy'. In other words they've won everything so they're happy.

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"When I arrived there, they hadn't won anything for 25 or 26 years so they were boiling hot.

"No, for the great atmospheres you need to go to Newcastle [or] Liverpool, who are desperate to win things. Chelsea is calm."

Asked for his view on how Laurent Blanc's side should approach tomorrow's encounter, the 1998 World Cup winner added: "PSG have to go for it. The big problem is that Chelsea are strong on the counter."

Leboeuf's remarks could strike a chord with Chelsea supporters, particularly after Mourinho's controversial statement earlier in the season which seemingly condemned the lacklustre atmosphere that his players had been subjected to in home matches.

Thankfully the sombre mood hasn't affected the team's fortunes with the Blues sitting pretty five points clear at the top of the Premier League table. They've already lifted the Capital One Cup trophy and also have their sights set on a second European Cup triumph in the space of three years.

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