Eden Hazard is Chelsea’s danger man, Arsene Wenger warns PSG
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger warns Paris Saint-Germain that Eden Hazard will be Chelsea's key man on Wednesday night
Arsene Wenger has warned Paris Saint-Germain that Eden Hazard will be Chelsea’s danger man on Wednesday night.
The Ligue 1 champions face the 2012 Champions League winners in the first leg of their European quarter-final at Parc des Princes.
Hazard is the big danger man for me. I would say Eto’o too if he was playing, but I don’t think he will
Chelsea have been overly reliant on Hazard this season, with the Belgium international scoring 14 Premier League goals as well as a single strike in the Champions League.
And Arsenal manager Wenger reckons Hazard will be key to the west London side’s chances of beating PSG, adding that Samuel Eto’o is a big miss for the Blues.
“Chelsea have a lot of experience with some of their players having played, and won, the final of the Champions League. Guys like Terry, Cech or Eto’o … there is a lot of experience there,” Wenger said.
“But their young players are extremely talented too. Hazard, Oscar, Schuerrle and Willian are all dangerous and very fast.
“Hazard is the big danger man for me. I would say Eto’o too if he was playing, but I don’t think he will.
“Hazard is very efficient because he can score, he can assist and because he can get his team out of pressure situations by unlocking defences, which is key in a team with fast counter attacking players.
“There are other players at Chelsea that can do this, but he often starts actions.”
Pre-match facts: PSG v Chelsea
• PSG are in the quarter-finals for the second time in successive seasons and only the third time in all. A year ago at this stage they drew 2-2 at home to Barcelona and 1-1 at the Camp Nou, losing on away goals.
• Chelsea are looking to book their place in a seventh semi-final in 11 campaigns. They reached this stage with a 2-0 home win against Galatasaray, securing a 3-1 aggregate success.
• Paris are unbeaten in 28 European home games. The last visiting team to prevail at the Parc des Princes in Uefa competition were Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC, 4-2 winners in the Uefa Cup group stage in November 2006.
• Mourinho, who also captured the Uefa Champions League with Inter (2010), is bidding to become the first manager to win the European Cup with three different teams. Only Bob Paisley (Liverpool FC 1977, 1978, 1981) has won the trophy three times as a coach.