Paris: Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc hopes a “complicated” schedule won’t hinder them from defeating Chelsea en route to the Champions League last eight stage.
According to the draw made in Nyon, Switzerland, on Monday, the Ligue 1 defending champions are due to meet the English Premier League winners in the Champions League knockout stage for the third straight time, reports Xinhua.
Last season, Blanc’s side eked out 1-1 and 2-2 draws to seal an aggregate win on away goals, following a quite similiar but vise-versa result from the 2013-2014 season in the quarterfinals where PSG won 3-1 at home but lost 2-0 away.
Both PSG and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea are defending their respective domestic league titles this season, but Les Parisiens are leading with a 17-point margin while the Londoners are struggling on the 16th.
Blanc, however, refused to foresee a rosier routine for PSG. He told psg.fr in a video interview following the draw: “It’s the third time we’re going to face them. The advantage is we know them well, but they know us too.
“It will be a great two-legged tie between two good teams. We cannot wait to be there, even if we know that this is still a bit far, in February.
“We still have many matches ahead of us by then, including a January that looks complicated. The schedule will be very tight, I hope that everyone will be healthy to face Chelsea and fulfil our objectives,” he added.