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Jose Mourinho reveals Obi Mikel is absent for PSG game

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that John Obi Mikel is the team's only absentee as they prepare to take on Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League tomorrow night.

The Blues almost have a clean bill of health for what promises to be a top tier match-up with the tie evenly poised after a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

Nemanja Matic is ready to return to the team after missing the last two matches through suspension, but Mourinho warned that the Serbian lacks match practice after missing the club's recent games.

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In all likelihood though, Matic will slot straight back into the team. Who plays alongside him depends on how adventurous Mourinho wants to be.

Chelsea have the away goal, so if he wants to go conservative the Chelsea boss could play Matic alongside Ramires with Cesc Fabregas in the attacking midfield slot.

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That would mean one of Oscar or Willian/Juan Cuadrado would have to drop to the bench.

Alternatively, Mourinho could go for it by partnering Fabregas with Matic in the middle and playing Willian, Oscar and Eden Hazard further forward.

Whatever he decides to do, there's a Champions League quarter-final spot at stake with Chelsea still on for a potential treble this year.

In the same press conference, Fabregas admitted that following the Capital One Cup win the Chelsea squad is full of confidence heading into the game against PSG.

"We are playing well and hopefully we will see the best Chelsea tomorrow and qualify, which is what is most important," Fabregas told reporters.

"If you ask any player what they want to win in their career they would say the World Cup and Champions League."

And in what will be perceived as a dig at Laurent Blanc's team, Mourinho called PSG the 'most aggressive team we have played this season.'

In particular, Mourinho referenced the rough treatment dished out to Hazard in Paris, the Chelsea manager saying he was surprised how often Blanc's side fouled the Belgian international at the Parc des Princes.

Mind games Jose!

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