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Hiddink watching his players in the training ahead of PSG clash © Francesca Ceciarini

John Terry seems further from PSG clash: Chelsea captain is not training with the group that is on the pitch in this moment but he is working in the gym for personal fitness.

Diego Costa, Remy and Alexandre Pato were regularly training with the team and they can be selected by Guus Hiddink for tomorrow’s game.

We’ll have more team news this evening when the manager will speak at Stamford Bridge at 7 p.m. GMT.

 

You can follow the press conference on our website.

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Two of PSG’s key midfield players will return for their clash at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

According to French paper La Parisien, both Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi have travelled to London and could be fit to face the Blues in their second leg at Stamford Bridge.

With the French champions running away with the Ligue 1 title again, the Champions League is now their main priority and they can afford to risk both players even if they’re not 100 per cent fit.

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Chelsea’s interest to sign Brazilian defender Marquinhos, who can play both as centre-back or a full-back, has been clear in the last transfer windows, with the Blues trying to get him especially in the last summer, when former manager José Mourinho was looking for a top class defender and chased him, John Stones and Raphael Varane until the last day of the transfer market.

Now Marquinhos is coming to Stamford Bridge as a rival to play the Champions League last 16 game with his current side, PSG, but probably this stadium can be his new home soon, since he didn’t hide his interest to come to play in England:

The Premier League is the number one best league in the world,” Marquinhos told Squawka.

“It’s a very competitive football. There are not weak teams at all.”

“I just like the league itself but I haven’t got an English side that I follow closely,” he admitted.

“It’d be fantastic to have this opportunity [to play in England] one day, but now I’m focused on PSG.”

 

 

 

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John Terry is going to miss this Wednesday crucial clash against PSG.

The Chelsea captain was tested in the weekend in a practice match but the response the Blues technical staff had was not the one they expected.

I don’t think John will make Wednesday,” boss Guus Hiddink revealed.

“For the time being, there has not been enough development to put him on the list.

It’s not worse – he trained and had treatment on Saturday morning, and he can run, but he cannot go into a longer stretch where you have to accelerate. There he has to be careful.

The Dutch manager gives hope for next weekend FA Cup match against Everton:

“When he is ready to do so, maybe on Tuesday, he will play in a practice match, but I don’t think he will make it. Hopefully, let’s see what can be done for next weekend.”

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Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s vital Champions League clash with PSG on Wednesday, interim boss Guus Hiddink believes the Blues are the underdogs, despite having home advantage and an away goal.

Hiddink told Chelsea’s Official website ‘We started without any “wrestling” in the first 15 or 20 minutes – we were sloppy technically, even some players who normally are not, so I think there was a lack of concentration in the first part of the game. Then we tried to get our players angry so they would react and it resulted in a good goal from Traore.

‘In the first half we had to get angry at our own players – we tried to wind them up so they feel when they are making the errors. Some players needed a wake-up call.

‘We will need to be angry from the start on Wednesday, but in a controlled way. The players must be fully concentrated because we are playing a class team and they will punish you if you start sloppy.

‘In those big games, you cannot guarantee that players won’t make errors, but regarding the concentration level and the attention level, that’s automatic – I don’t have any fear of that. As a manager, you have more worries – with all respect for the opponent – when you are playing a team lower in the league. I am not talking about Stoke because they are above us, but when you have to play in the FA Cup early rounds, for instance, you have to wake up the team.’

‘We are underdogs, also with the season Chelsea is experiencing, especially in the first half. Now the players have regained confidence, but we are not the favourites. You see the PSG team – we also have quality – but they can rest five, six, seven players [at the weekend]. We will be a very tough underdog.’

The Dutchman then went on to speak about Diego Costa and his reasoning for not including the forward in the squad against Stoke.

‘He had a little bit of a problem with a tendon. He could have started, to be honest, but then the risk was there and afterwards I might be left saying, “Why did I risk him?”’

Chelsea play PSG live on BT Sport Europe on Wednesday at 19:45.

 

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WILLIAN
Willian celebrating a goal with Diego Costa © Francesca Ceciarini

“We will try to give him one trophy to go with. I think we can win it. It will be difficult because there are so many good teams, but we have to think about Wednesday first and then step by step we can go to the final.”

Chelsea star Willian revealed the Blues want to win the Champions League this season for interim manager Guus Hiddink.

When Jose Mourinho was sacked in December, Chelsea were in the bottom of the Premier League table with nine defeats of their opening 16 matches, but they are unbeaten since then as Hiddink has overturned the mood in the camp and in the stands. Now, with a chance to put out Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, Willian has revealed that the Blues want to win the competition for their manager.

“There is always pressure at Chelsea to win titles, we know that. We have to concentrate for this game.”

 

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Chelsea, since the departure of Jose Mourinho, in their last 10 Premier games, have won five and drawn five scoring 20 and conceding 10. They have also climbed the table up to 10th place with 40 points, 10 behind Manchester City in the 4th.

On the contrary Paris Saint Germain have had a walk in the park this season. The French champions currently stay on the  top of the Ligue 1 with 74 points, 23 clear of second place Monaco. PSG have lost just once in 29 games in the league. PSG are for sure an exceptional team, and they are now looked upon with scare by an incredibly weak league.

Chelsea can take breathe and hope from their previous record against PSG, given that often the team with the advantage from the first leg has failed to progress to the next stage. In the 2013/14 season PSG beat Chelsea 3-1 in France before a late Demba Ba striker sealed a 2-0 win for Chelsea. The next season, Chelsea left France with the advantage after a 1-1 draw but they were then eliminated after a 2-2 draw in London. Then Chelsea can be quietly confident ahead the match of Wednesday.

 

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At first glance, the task of Wednesday is particularly hard given that the Blues await the visit of Paris Saint-Germain for the second leg of their round-of-16 tie having lost 2-1 in France; that leaves Blues 9/5 to qualify for the next round, while PSG qualification is 2/5. 

Over half of those games have ended in a draw though, which wouldn’t be enough to send Chelsea through. Anyway, the Blues are proving they’re a very difficult team to beat under Hiddink‘s management and then I’t’s really hard to hazard an hypothesis on the final result.

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PSG and Chelsea are ready to hold talks for a sensational swap: Diego Costa could move to Paris with Edinson Cavani on his way to Stamford Bridge, this is the incredible rumour coming from France today through the website Le 10 Sports, 

The deal could be effective next summer and PSG could pay a small money difference to sign the Spanish striker, 27, who is one year younger than Cavani, 28.

The two strikers will be rivals next Wednesday in a crucial Champions League last 16 game, where PSG are leading 2-1 thanks to a goal of the Uruguayan forward at Parc des Princes.

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Chelsea captain John Terry is delighted by the fact that some Blues youngsters are having their chance under Guus Hiddink:

“It’s great to see because Chelsea have come under criticism in the past for not bringing enough through,” Terry told reporters.

But the manager’s showing that he’s got faith in the younger players. He’s rotating in some big games to give the young boys a chance, and more importantly for me they’ve come on and done great as well, which not only helps their cause but also the younger players as well because it gives them belief that within the Chelsea dressing room there is still hope for the academy.

I watch all the games. I’ve watched the under-10s, 12s, 15s, the youth team, the reserve team, and we’re doing great. We’ve done great in the [UEFA] Youth League and we won it last year, so the quality is there within the academy.

There’s been a lot of investment in the academy so not only do the players want to come through, the owner wants to see it as well. We’re slowly starting to see that.

Chelsea will face PSG next Wednesday trying to comeback the 2-1 obtained at the Parc des Princes.

Terry is not sure to be fit for this crucial clash due to his hamstring injury, but Guus Hiddink revealed he will be tested tomorrow ( Monday) to see if he can get a chance:

“We’ve come back from worse results in the past,” he claimed.

With it at 2-1 we still obviously have a great chance at home. Those nights at the Bridge are unbelievable, so let’s just how it’s another big night and we can progress.

“We went out to them last year but it’s not about revenge at all, it’s about progressing to the next stage of the competition and we have players who are hungry and have had a lot of disappointments in the competition that want to go further.

“It’s going to be a good game. They’re a good side as well, they showed that in the first leg, but hopefully we’ll have enough to go through.”

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