Chelsea look to home form against PSG

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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.

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