Paris Saint-Germain star Thiago Motta has taken a dig at former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho by claiming that the Blues will be harder to beat without him.
The two sides clash in the Champions League next week for the third time in three seasons with away goals settling the ties on both previous occasions while Chelsea were being managed by Mourinho.
But, after sacking Mourinho in December, Chelsea remain unbeaten under caretaker boss Guus Hiddink and Motta is expecting the two-legged affair to be much more difficult this time around.
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“It is more difficult without Mourinho,” the Italian international said on French radio, via The Mirror.
"They have changed the way they play. When we played them in the last two seasons, they were a counter-attacking team who did not want the ball. Now, they try to play. It will be difficult.”
The two previous ties between the two clubs have been settled by away goals. In the 2013/14 season, PSG beat Chelsea 3-1 at the Parc des Princes. However, a 2-0 win in London sent Chelsea through as they progressed to the semi-finals.
Last season, Chelsea managed a 1-1 draw in France and thought they were heading through to the quarter-finals when Gary Cahill put them 1-0 in the second-leg with just nine minutes.
Despite having Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off after just 31 minutes, the French side fought back with former Chelsea defender David Luiz equalising in the 86th minute sending the tie into extra-time.
Again, Chelsea thought they were into the last-eight when Eden Hazard put them ahead with a penalty in extra-time but Thiago Silva scored with just six minutes left sending his side through on away goals, yet again.