Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye has admitted that Chelsea will be “the first real test” for his side in the Champions League this season.
The French giants breezed past their three opponents in the group stage and won Group C with 13 points from six matches.
Laurent Blanc’s side were handed a last-16 tie against Bayer Leverkusen and it was over in the first leg.
PSG destroyed their Bundesliga opponents 4-0 in Germany and then registered a 2-1 home win in the second leg.
The defending French champions have had quite easy so far in the competition, but the quarter-final tie against Chelsea is going to prove anything but.
Jose Mourinho’s team are one of the favourites for the trophy and will fancy their chances against a PSG side who have pretty much sewn up the Ligue 1 title.
Given that the first leg will be at Parc des Princes in Paris, Chelsea will be confident of progressing to the last four even if they lose by a narrow margin.
Cabaye understands all this and admits that he and his teammates will have to bring out their ‘A game’ to get the better of the Blues.
"We need to work hard, stay focused and show a lot of respect to their team," the midfielder told UEFA's official website.
"It’ll be the first real test for PSG this year in European competition, so we’re motivated. In the end, the objective is to qualify for the semi-finals. We expect two tough matches, and it won’t be easy, but we’re ready to put in the effort."
PSG have one of the finest attacking units in the world, with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi being ably supported by Marco Verratti, Blaise Matuidi and Lucas from midfield. In defence, the presence of the world’s best centre-back Thiago Silva makes them difficult to score again.
Chelsea will not find it easy in Paris on Wednesday, but the same can be said for PSG.