Chelsea look to home form against PSG
Chelsea will be hoping their outstanding home record will be enough to help them overturn a two-goal deficit when they play Paris St Germain in the quarterfinal, second-leg of the Champions League today. Manager Jose Mourinho has never lost a quarter-final tie in the competition, in his time with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, and is desperate not to break that run at Stamford Bridge.
Their 3-1 defeat in Paris last week, when a last-minute goal gave PSG a two-goal cushion, made life difficult for the English side, who won the Champions League in 2012. But it is their home form - with 15 wins out of 17 in the league this season - that gives Chelsea fans most hope.
“It’s the worst time of the season to get results like this but we are a different team at Stamford Bridge with our fans behind us,” midfielder Andreas Schuerrle said. “It will be difficult but it is not impossible.”
Mourinho has bemoaned a side “with no strikers” due to the lack of form of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o this season. Torres drew a blank in the weekend win over Stoke and Mourinho is so desperate that he may be willing to risk a semi-fit Eto’o today. If we don’t score a minimum of two goals, we are out, we know that,” he said.
“If we can have everybody available who can give us a chance to score goals then let’s do that. So maybe I will pick him but to risk a player you need to have minimum conditions.
“If you think he’s going to be out after 10 minutes of the game you can’t take that risk. But if there is a minimum of conditions of risk, then, yes, I will pick him.”
Midfield stalwart Frank Lampard said Chelsea need to maintain their focus throughout, with any slip in concentration likely to be costly. The problem with Champions League football is that you can’t settle for having good periods in the game like we did the other night,” he said.