Chelsea WILL knock out Paris Saint-Germain, declares Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho is convinced that Chelsea have what it takes to come from behind and knock PSG out of the Champions League
Jose Mourinho is convinced that Chelsea will be able to overturn their 3-1 first-leg deficit and reach the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Paris Saint-Germain.
The Ligue 1 champions head to Stamford Bridge as heavy favourites to progress on Tuesday night after a comprehensive win over the Blues at Parc des Princes last week.
We need the supporters but we know that without us performing, it’s difficult for them to support
But a bullish Mourinho said: “If you ask me if I think we will win tomorrow, yes I think [we will]. That’s the most important thing you need to listen to. I think we are going to win – really.
“In the end of the two legs I think we will score more goals than them. If I don’t think that way, I won’t go [to the game] tomorrow.”
However, despite his confident mood heading into the quarter-final decider, the Portuguese coach conceded that his side will be widely viewed as the underdogs to make it through.
“I think if Paris tomorrow is knocked out it will be a big disappointment for them,” he continued. “If tomorrow we are knocked out it’s something, in this moment, that lots of people are expecting.
“We have to enjoy the risk of the situation. At 9:30 tomorrow we can be out and we know that we have this risk. But at 7:45 we have chances to be in the semi-final. So we have to have a smile on our faces, play and give everything. At 9:30, lets see what happens. But at 7:45 we believe that we can do it.”
Mourinho went on to underline the importance of his side getting off to a bright start in west London to get the home support behind his team.
“We need the supporters but we know that without us performing, it’s difficult for them to support,” he said.
“They know that normally at home we play well so I think they have also a hope that we can do it and they understand that if they can push us a little, that push is welcome.
“But I think everything starts with us. If we can show that we can do it, I think they will come with us.”
Chelsea v PSG: Pre-match facts
• The Blues have kept eight successive clean sheets at Stamford Bridge, and are unbreached in 732 minutes since Javier Hernández’s consolation in Manchester United’s 3-1 loss on 19 January.
• Chelsea beat visitors Arsenal 6-0 on 22 March – the Blues’ biggest victory under Jose Mourinho.
• Paris have conceded three penalties in their last four Champions League games.
• Only Barcelona’s Xavi Hernández has attempted and completed (1,016/936) more passes than Paris midfielder Thiago Motta (872/785) in this season’s Champions League.