All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge including the Champions League quarterfinal against PSG and the Premier League clash with Arsenal.
While Chelsea avoided European behemoths like Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona in the draw for the Champions League quarterfinal in Nyon, Switzerland earlier today, Friday, they still landed a problematic two-legged tie against the runaway leaders of Ligue 1 - Paris Saint Germain, who can brag feared attackers such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi in their ranks.
Chelsea contest the first leg in Paris on Wednesday, April 2, six days ahead of the return leg in Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, April 8.
Present at the draw, Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay was calm when reacting to Sky Sports News: "We will treat them with the utmost respect and hopefully we can go there, put on a show for our fans and bring it back to Stamford Bridge. Our form is good at the moment but we have a lot of games between now and the end of the season. We are sitting in a good position in the Premier League so we have to take every game one at a time, try to win them, then see how everyone around us does."
While PSG pose an undeniable threat, Gourlay claimed that securing the second leg at home was a "small advantage" that the club will need to capitalise on. "I hope, contrary to last season, we reach the semifinals."
Paris Saint German gaffer Laurent Blanc claimed that Chelsea are a team who are broadcast regularly in France so they therefore have a familiarity with Jose Mourinho's men: "Chelsea are a side we know well, who we see playing in the league often with a lot of players with international reputations.
"Playing at home in the second leg is a little advantage for Chelsea, so we'll have to make the difference at home by being solid at the back and scoring goals at the Parc."
Looking ahead to the all-London clash at Stamford Bridge tomorrow lunch-time, Chelsea attacker Andre Schurrle said that it is also a derby for Germany due to Arsenal's contingent of Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski.
"It's a London derby, but I guess you could also call it a bit of a derby for the Germany players too," he is quoted to have said by Express. "They are guys I know well, all good friends, so it's going to be interesting - especially when you look at the situation in the league table and how close it is."
And finally, it may be a wise bet to back Chelsea as the Blues have faced teams from the top ten of the Premier League eight times at home and have won on every single occasion.
Here are some other statistics, courtesy of the official website of the Premier League:
- Jose Mourinho has never lost against Arsene Wenger as an opposition manager (W5 D5 L0).
- Arsenal have won away at Stamford Bridge more often than any other visiting side in the Barclays Premier League (seven).
- Arsenal have won none of their last 11 Barclays Premier League meetings against Chelsea, Man Utd or Man City (W0 D5 L6).
- Chelsea have the best home record in the top flight with 41 points and are the only team not to suffer a home defeat in the Barclays Premier League this season.
- Arsenal have the best away record with 29 points on the road, which is level with Spurs, but they have a better goal difference of +6.