Blanc says Paris must hit Chelsea at home
Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc said Friday that Chelsea will have a Champions League advantage by hosting the second match in their quarter final.
"We are going to prepare well for this double confrontation, we still have a little time" Blanc said in reaction to the quarter final draw.
"Getting the return leg is a small advantage for Chelsea so we will have to make the difference at home," he told the Paris club's official website.
Paris captain Thiago Silva said he was delighted to be playing against fellow Brazilian expatriates David Luiz, Ramires, Oscar and Willian at Chelsea. "I can't wait to get there. It will be a big duel between two big clubs. And I hope that contrary to last season we can reach the semi-finals."
Barcelona beat Paris St Germain in last year's quarter finals on away goals.
The Paris match will be on April 2 and the return in London on April 8.
Paris president Nasser al-Khelaifi insisted that the side his Qatari company bankrolls would be ready for the battle.
"As I said before the draw, the seven sides who remain (with Paris) are very strong. We will be ready for these matches against Chelsea, a club for whom I have a lot of respect. I know this will be very exciting for all of ourn supporters and we are very impatient," Khelaifi said in a statement to AFP.
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