It is hard to imagine former boss Jose Mourinho ever calling Chelsea underdogs, but

that’s how successor Guus Hiddink has described them before their Champions

League Last 16 second leg clash against Paris St Germain Tonight (Wednesday).

The French champions head to Stamford Bridge for the third successive season,

having knocked Chelsea out at the same stage a year ago. They are again favourites

according to Hiddink, following their 2-1 victory in the first leg in Paris on Feb.16.

The wily 69-year-old Dutchman may well be playing mind games, but, he says, “We

are not the favourites. We have regained confidence and have quality, but let’s be

very tough underdogs. We need to be angry in a controlled way on Wednesday, the

players must be fully concentrated.”

Chelsea’s results have improved since Mourinho left in December, losing only once –

at PSG – in 18 matches in all competitions. A 1-0 win now will be enough to see them

through on away goals.

That is how they beat PSG in the quarter-finals two seasons ago and how PSG

eliminated them last season. With the tie finely balanced that could well be the

outcome again.

Meanwhile in the other game of the Night, Benfica will field a makeshift rearguard

when they face one of their least favourite hunting grounds to defend a 1-0

Champions League lead at Zenit St Petersburg Tonight.

The Primeira Liga winners are missing three central defenders plus goalkeeper Julio

Cesar for the last-16 second leg at the Petrovskiy Stadium.

Jeriah Udi

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