Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has praised Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of their Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
The Swedish superstar had a relatively quiet game in the first leg of the 1-1 draw at the Parc des Princes three weeks ago, but still created a moment of magic when he turned Nemanja Matic and Gary Cahill before producing a fine save from Thibaut Courtois.
And Azpilicueta is aware of just how dangerous Ibrahimovic can be, particularly with the danger away goals carry in Europe's elite competition.
Article continues below
The Spanish defender told GiveMeSport: “Zlatan Ibrahimovic is different to other players. He has a game that can make a difference at any time with passes or shots.
"He can shoot with both feet, head the ball, put his foot on the ball and score an amazing goal. He’s a very complete player."
Article continues below
Branislav Ivanovic's first-half header was cancelled out by Edinson Cavani in the second-half in Paris and 25-year-old Azpilicueta knows that, as dangerous as the French champions are, the advantage of being at Stamford Bridge in the second leg is huge.
“We have the advantage to play at home with the fans at Stamford Bridge", he added.
"It was a big draw but we still have 90 minutes to play, maybe more. The target is to win, of course. We have a positive result because we scored an away goal in Paris but there is still a long way to go. I'm sure it will be a difficult game tonight (Wednesday).
“They are a very complete team with attacking players, very good strikers who are always thinking about scoring goals. You have to be aware every second of the game and obviously you have a challenge to deal with it."
In the build-up to the game, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has criticised the aggression of PSG players in the first leg.
"This season we have played teams from the Championship, League One and League Two, but the most aggressive team was PSG. For a team with so much quality I expected more football," Mourinho told the BBC.
"A team with fantastic players was the team making foul after the foul. [PSG] were the team that stopped Eden Hazard with fouls all the time, the team that was attacking the man in possession of the ball with two or three players very aggressively.
"If to dominate is the number of chances created, yes Paris had more chances than us. If dominating means stopping your opponent from playing, making foul after foul, yes they also dominated."
The west Londoners welcome back Nemanja Matic from suspension for the game but John Obi Mikel misses the game with a knee injury.
Chelsea eliminated PSG at the quarter-final stage of the competition last season. A 3-1 home victory for Les Parisiens was not enough as a late Demba Ba strike in the second-leg saw Chelsea win the game 2-0 and progress on away goals to the semi-finals, where they were knocked out by La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.
Who will win tonight: Chelsea or Paris Saint-Germain?
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms