Chelsea club secretary reacts to facing PSG for third consecutive season

Chelsea Supporters

Chelsea will face the Ligue 1 Champions in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Chelsea were drawn to face Paris Saint-Germain for the third consecutive season in the Champions League in the last 16, with the first leg of the tie to take place in February in the Parc de Princes.

Last season Chelsea were dumped out on the away goals rule after extra time, but the season before saw them dramatically overcome the Ligue 1 side in stoppage time thanks to a winner from Demba Ba at the quarter-final stage.

The familiarity wasn't lost on those behind the club's official twitter account

Chelsea club secretary David Barnard told BT Sport after the draw: "It's a knock-out game and it depends on the form of the teams over those two legs. 

"This is a team that we know very well because we played them at this stage last season - unfortunately we went out on the away goal rule to an ex-player, David Luiz, but the year before we played in the quarter-finals [which Chelsea won] so it's even stevens and it's a club with no trepidation because we know them

"I don't think you can use the word revenge, that's a bit too strong in these circumstances but the players will be motivated because of that result last year."

With both ties decided on away goals in the past it could be another tight one.

Although Chelsea have struggled in the defence of their Premier League title this season as they lie in the bottom half of the table - hovering above the relegation zone - while PSG are running away with things in Ligue 1, it is still hard to think this tie will be a foregone conclusion, although Laurent Blanc's side are expected to start as favourites as things stand.  

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch