Mourinho identifies PSG key man? - Not Cavani, not Ibra

Mourinho Dugout

Chelsea manager has isolated one Paris Saint Germain player for high praise ahead of their Champions League tussle and it's not an oft-heralded star…

Throughout the playing rosters of Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea one thing is clear - there is an abundance of intriguing clashes… between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the Blue defence, between Blaise Matuidi and Eden Hazard or even Laurent Blanc and Jose Mourinho, however, Chelsea boss Mourinho believes there is one unheralded PSG star who could easily dictate play for the Parisians this evening at the Parc des Princes.

That player, who averages an exceptional 111 passes per Champions League appearance thus far this season with a 92% passing accuracy, is 31-year-old football veteran Thiago Motta, who transferred to PSG from Internazionale in 2012 and who would have played under Mourinho during the Portuguese's spell at the San Siro.

A two-time Champions League winner, Motta is a proven trophy magnet and, if Chelsea are to return to London with a positive result, Mourinho explained that making the Brazil-born Italy international "uncomfortable" in possession would be a mandatory requirement.

Motta has been a marvel in the Champions League this season. Aside from the two goals he struck in PSG's 4-1 destruction of Olympiacos, he has returned over a century of completed passes in a hat-trick of matches.

In the 1-1 draw with Anderlecht he completed 100 of his 111 attempts, in the 3-0 rout over Benfica 141 of his 150 passes were completed and, in the 5-0 slaughter of Anderlecht away from home he found a team-mate 143 times from 154 attempts.

When a player is on the ball that much they are effectively making a touch once every 30 seconds on average and can therefore have a direct influence not only on possession retention but on dictating momentum and, for Mourinho, negating this trait in Motta's play is key.

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