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Ex Chelsea boss José Mourinho will return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, this time as Manchester United manager © Francesca Ceciarini

Ex Chelsea player and coach assistant Ray Wilkins believes former Blues manager José Mourinho can bring a Chelsea star to Manchester United, in case he will be appointed as Red Devils new manager.

Wilkins thinks this player can be Chelsea captain and legend John Terry:

“That would be a cheeky one from Jose but I wouldn’t put it past him. He will have that in his locker.”

“Whether John would go to another Premier League club is another matter. He said he wouldn’t, so it will be interesting.”

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Thiago Silva against Chelsea in Champions League, 2015 © Francesca Ceciarini

Paris Saint Germain captain Thiago Silva thinks his side have the quality to win the Champions League. PSG play against Chelsea in the Champions League for the Third successive season.

The defender told the Daily Telegraph, “As captain of the team I say we are close and ready to win We know that it is possible although, obviously, we also know that it is not easy.

“But I have a lot of confidence that PSG has the quality to go all the way. I know the quality of this team, I am very proud of this team. We can do it.

“Playing Chelsea is a magnificent draw because I think we already know this team quite well. They have got a lot of Brazilian players, it’s not far from Paris and there is already the rivalry.”

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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink in press conference © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink claimed his side can knock PSG out of the Champions League in this round of 16:

“I agree it’s 50-50 for the tie,” said the Dutch coach in the pre-match press conference.

“Paris are building a very strong team, dominating the French league. 

“To become a great club, a team must win the Champions League, and they’re certainly aiming for it. 

“On our side, we’ve been improving since December, but it’ll be a great test to get to the next round.”

He added: “We’re growing. Everyone knows the current situation of Chelsea. We’re improving step by step, with quality players. 

“We are not yet where we want to be, to be able to impose our style of play, but we’ve had a string of games with dominant play from us.”

“So we have to find the answer.”

 

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PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimovic revealed he won’t be the only one to miss José Mourinho in the upcoming Champions League tie Chelsea v PSG.

The Swedish striker was coached by the former Blues boss during their time at Inter and often showed his respect for his former manager, that was sacked by Chelsea last December:

“I think everybody will miss Mourinho in the game,” Ibra told the Times of India.

“But I believe he will be back soon in football, and if you are a little patient you will soon see him managing another club.

“Am I surprised with the sacking? I don’t know. Everything depends on the results and that is the worst part of football. When you don’t do well, you get punished, and it’s more with the coaches. We don’t get fired like the coaches do!”

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Thiago Silva against Chelsea in Champions League, 2015 © Francesca Ceciarini

These are the men that PSG manager Laurent Blanc selected for Champions League clash against Chelsea.

Serge Auriere will miss the game after an argument with the coach during a recent training session, Ezequiel Lavezzi is out due his imminent transfer to China.

 

Squad

AUGUSTIN Jean-Kévin
CAVANI Edinson
DAVID LUIZ
DI MARIA Angel
IBRAHIMOVIC Zlatan
KIMPEMBE Presnel
KURZAWA Layvin
LUCAS
MARQUINHOS
MATUIDI Blaise
MAXWELL
PASTORE Javier
RABIOT Adrien
SIRIGU Salvatore
STAMBOULI Benjamin
THIAGO SILVA
THIAGO MOTTA
TRAPP Kevin
VAN DER WIEL Gregory
VERRATTI Marco

Missing
AURIER Serge
DOUCHEZ Nicolas
LAVEZZI Ezequiel
ONGENDA Hervin

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink spoke about John Terry‘s injury ahead of Champions League PSG clash.

The Dutch coach explained that the Blues captain was not able to play or even travel after failing a fitness test this morning during the training with the rest of the squad:

“Well, it was not a decision made by me. He was having too much trouble to travel. Even to try tomorrow,” Hiddink revealed.

“We made a test this morning and didn’t work out well, so the decision was made to leave him at home.

“He was, himself, also convinced he could not be of worth to the team at the moment. He has a bit of a problem on his hamstring and on the tendon in that area.

“That’s why we had the test this morning and we decided he would not participate. It will be difficult to say whether he can play this weekend.

“That’s why we’d prefer him to keep undergoing treatment back at Cobham.”

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PSG midfielder Marco Verratti just extended his deal with the French champions and today spoke along with his manager, Laurent Blanc, in the press conference ahead of Chelsea game:

“The last results give us a lot of confidence.

“We are in a very positive moment and we are getting ready at our best for thig game.

“We are looking forward to play, tomorrow’s match will be extremely important.

“To win the Champions League is really difficult, but many of us has been playing together for years and we know each other very well.

“We are ambitious, we just think about tomorrow’s clash”

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Central defenders Matt Miazga and Jake Clarke-Salter travelled to Paris with the rest of the squad for Champions League clash against PSG.

John Terry couldn’t travel to France with his team-mates due to his hamstring and ligament injury and, since also Kurt Zouma is ruled out until the end of the season, Guus Hiddink was forced to select the two youngsters for this important game.

The full squad that travelled to Paris:

Thibaut Courtois

Asmir Begovic

Jamal Blackman

Branislav Ivanovic

Baba Rahman   

Cesc Fabregas

Oscar

Eden Hazard

John Mikel Obi

Bertrand Traore

Kenedy

Pedro

Loic Remy

Diego Costa

Matt Miazga

Nemanja Matic

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Willian

Gary Cahill

Cesar Azpilicueta

Jake Clarke-Salter

 

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LAURENT BLANC PSG
Blanc knocked out Chelsea from the Champions League with PSG last season

PSG manager Laurent Blanc spoke in the press conference before Champions League clash against Chelsea:

“We can beat them and I guess this can benefit the group.

Terry? With or without him it will be a difficult match.

“Verratti? He is young and I am happy he extended his contract.

“This is the moment to show our value on the pitch.

Hiddink brought calm to Chelsea, they got confidence again.

“Verratti cannot play 90 minutes but I want to play him in this game”.

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Gianluigi Donnarumma has emerged as one of the goalkeepers for the future. The Italian keeper has cemented his place as AC Milans number 1 at the age of just 16.

There are rumours that Chelsea have contacted AC Milan over the availibility of the youngster who is tipped to be a long serving goalkeeper for the Italian national team.

Donnarumma is reportedly already worth a staggering £119m

Manchester United are also keeping an eye on the teenagers progress.

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