Jose Mourinho tips Chelsea to bounce back against powerful Paris Saint-Germain

Chelsea take on Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League in Paris on Wednesday.

updated: April 01, 2014 09:47 IST
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Paris: Jose Mourinho has ruled his Chelsea side out of the Premier League title race, but he believes they will bounce back from domestic disappointment against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday. The Chelsea manager questioned his players' mentality after a surprise 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace led to them being knocked off top spot in the Premier League by Liverpool.

Mourinho loves to play mind games, but with Manchester City poised to leapfrog the Blues by winning their games in hand, it may be true that Chelsea's best chance of silverware now lies with the Champions League. And the Portuguese insists that his team will rise to the occasion as they face the Ligue 1 champions-elect at the Parc des Princes in the first leg of their quarter-final tie. "Paris is the kind of match they feel comfortable to play. A big match, great stadium, opponents with top quality," said Mourinho ahead of the trip to France.

Despite that, he says that the tie is finely poised, with PSG having emerged as a leading continental force in the last two years, spending astronomical sums to attract the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Brazil captain Thiago Silva to France. "They have some of the best players in the world playing together in the same team, so they are a very powerful team," Mourinho said of a side who lost on away goals to Barcelona at the same stage last season.

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