There is no greater invoker of passion for excitable headline-writers than sport - particularly when it pits one nation against the other and, ahead of Paris Saint Germain's visit of Stamford Bridge tonight, where they look to preserve a 3-1 aggregate lead over Chelsea, France newspaper L'Equipe has sent a wind-up - perhaps in an attempt to antagonise the Blues, or perhaps to get a reaction from one of the British tabloids - as they have brandished Chelsea: 'the little English club.'
There is a fine line between what a paper can and cannot get away with publishing, particularly if it causes offense with the subject, as was the case recently when The Sun targeted Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger: 'You Schwein!' after the German was given his marching orders following an incident involving Wayne Rooney.
The headline did not go down well with Bayern Munich, who issued a press release indicating that reporters associated with the tabloid would be banned from the Allianz Arena for the second leg of Bayern's European clash with Manchester United, to be competed Wednesday evening.
The Sun, though, were swift to respond - see image below.
Could Chelsea do a Bayern and ban PSG from their press box or is it all just light-hearted banter?