Chelsea's Champions League clash with PSG is upon us next week and both teams are busy talking each other up, as well as their own chances, in the media.
Jose Mourinho is at the heart of it, when is he ever not, and his latest comments involve paying tribute to a player who could be one of Chelsea's biggest barriers to success over the two ties.
That would be central defender Thiago Silva, the PSG man signed for €42 million from AC Milan in 2012.
He told RMC: "PSG have speed and creativity. Thiago Silva is an amazing player, very smart. They are all good at the back. It is a complete team and a very important opponent. Paris knows that Chelsea is not an easy team and we are content not to be favorite. But we have the ambition to win every game."
There has been speculation however that Thiago Silva could miss the key Champions League clashes. The Brazilian international fractured his cheekbone in a 1-0 away win over Lorient last Friday.
Pictured above in a protective mask, he aims to be cleared to play, similar to how Chelsea striker Fernando Torres was able to do so following a similar injury last season.
PSG are scheduled to play Nice in Ligue 1 this Friday evening, and Silva underwent medical tests yesterday in a bid to gain clearance. It's unclear yet as to the resolution, but if the doctor's take the precautionary measure to instruct him to rest and let his wound heal, it's likely he will be pushing to feature in the must-win game against Chelsea next week.
If he does not play, then a familiar face could just step into take his place, in former Chelsea defender Alex, a defender with a rocket of a free-kick the Blues and Petr Cech will be all to aware of.