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David Luiz believes that PSG will have it tough against Chelsea
By Andrew Scott Tuesday, 17 February 2015 03:52
David Luiz, PSG defender, looks forward to a very tight match when his side faces Chelsea on Tuesday. Bookmaker software services believe that he might be right, and can’t wait to see what will happen on the pitch when the famous defender faces his former team in this Champions League clash.
Last summer, the player left the Blues and joined the ranks of PSG for £50m, and he thinks that Chelsea made a very good investment.
The price that Stamford Bridge paid for the defender helped manager Jose Mourinho bring in Cesc Fabregas, Filipe Luis, and Diego Costa to the Blues, and the Brazil international believes that the team is a stronger one now thanks to these players.
“They have two or three players more joining with amazing quality, like Fabregas and Diego. They are stronger this year,” said Luiz.
“In the game, there won’t be a gap. You have two amazing teams, good players and two amazing coaches. We need to prove how far we have come on the pitch.”
Last season, both teams met in the competition’s quarter-finals, with the Blues progressing on the rule of away goals when they finished the tie on aggregate at 3-3.
In Paris, the player netted an own goal in his side’s 3-1 first-leg loss, before they won 2-0 when the second leg was played.
“Last year I scored my first goal for PSG,” the player added. “If I score against Chelsea I don’t celebrate for respect, but I will be happy. I want to qualify, like I qualified last year, but I want to qualify for PSG.”
Laurent Blanc, PSG manager, and many fans also believe that it will be a tight meeting, and gave his men a warning, telling them to not fall prey to the mind tricks played by Mourinho, something that bookmaker software services fear could be PSG’s downfall unless they exercise plenty of caution.
“I know Jose Mourinho a bit and I know he’ll raise the heat, so my players need to remain cool headed, not react, and keep calm,” said the manager.
The manager believes that not giving up any goals in a home meeting could prove to be crucial for them to move on to the final eight.
“Last year the key was Chelsea could score the away goal and we couldn’t at Stamford Bridge,” added the manager. “The priority is a clean sheet at home, good defending.”