Tor­res to lead Chelsea at­tack against PSG

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Fer­nando Tor­res is likely to be tasked with leading Chelsea’s for­ward ef­fort in the Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter-fi­nal first leg at Paris St-Ger­main af­ter the Blues trav­elled to France with­out the in­jured Sa­muel Eto’o.

Eto’o, who has scored 11 goals this term, all of them at Stam­ford Bridge, suf­fered a ham­string in­jury early in the 6-0 de­feat of Ar­se­nal on March 22 and has not yet re­cov­ered. Demba Ba, the other strik­ing op­tion, has been used spar­ingly this term.

Left-back Ash­ley Cole (knee) continues to be ab­sent as Chelsea, the 2012 Euro­pean Cup win­ners, bid to bounce back from Satur­day’s loss at Crys­tal Palace which saw boss Jose Mour­inho con­cede de­feat in the Pre­mier League ti­tle race.

Ne­manja Matic and Mo­hamed Salah are in­el­i­gi­ble hav­ing rep­re­sented Ben­fica and Basle re­spec­tively ear­lier in the com­pe­ti­tion, but Ramires is avail­able de­spite his con­tin­u­ing do­mes­tic sus­pen­sion for his send­ing off in the con­tro­ver­sial loss at As­ton Villa.

Goal­keeper Mark Sch­warzer, Petr Cech’s deputy, has trav­elled de­spite not be­ing able to take his place on the bench at Sel­hurst Park due to ill­ness.

Young Dutch­man Nathan Ake has trav­elled with the squad.

Mour­inho’s first Euro­pean match as Chelsea boss in his first spell was a 3-0 win at PSG in Septem­ber 2004.

How­ever, the mega-rich Parisiens are a dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion now.

PSG are un­beaten in 28 Euro­pean home matches, since Hapoel Tel-Aviv won 4-2 in the UEFA Cup group stage in Novem­ber 2006.

FER­NANDO Tor­res

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