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Mourinho and Chelsea return to Paris

Published: Thursday 27 March 2014, 13.17CET
José Mourinho faces the team who were his first European opponents as Chelsea FC manager and will be hoping for the same result against Paris Saint-Germain.

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19
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Published: Thursday 27 March 2014, 13.17CET

Mourinho and Chelsea return to Paris

José Mourinho faces the team who were his first European opponents as Chelsea FC manager and will be hoping for the same result against Paris Saint-Germain.

José Mourinho's first European game as Chelsea FC manager came against Paris Saint-Germain in 2004 and he faces the same opponents again as he tries to steer the London club through to the UEFA Champions League semi-final in his first season back at Stamford Bridge.

• Mourinho will need no reminding of the threat posed by Zlatan Ibrahimović after the pair worked together at FC Internazionale Milano and the Swedish striker has managed ten goals already this season as Paris aim for only a second semi-final appearance.

Previous meetings
• When the teams met in the 2004/05 group stage, Chelsea were 3-0 victors in Paris through a John Terry header and two strikes from Didier Drogba. It gave Mourinho a winning start in his first UEFA Champions League game in charge of the west London side the season after lifting the trophy for the first time with FC Porto.

• The full lineups at the Parc des Princes on 14 September 2004 were:
Paris: Letizi, Mendy, Cana, Hélder, Armand, M’Bami, Pierre-Fanfan, Rothen (Ateba 84), Coridon (Ljuboja 66), Pauleta, Ogbeche (Pancrate 72).
Chelsea: Čech, Ferreira, Gallas, Terry, Bridge, Makelele, Lampard, Tiago, J Cole (Geremi 70), Gudjohnsen (Kežman 11), Drogba (Duff 81).

• The return game at Stamford Bridge ended goalless.

• The teams also drew 1-1 in a friendly on 23 July 2012 at Yankee Stadium in New York, Nenê and Lucas Piazon scoring the goals. The starting lineups were:
Chelsea: Čech, Ferreira, Luiz, Cahill, Hutchinson, De Bruyne, Lampard, Mikel, Hazard, Lukaku, Kakuta.
Paris: Douchez, Sakho, Alex, Armand, Jallet, Nenê, Bodmer, Chantôme, Pastore, Lavezzi, Gameiro.

• Paris have played seven matches against English sides with the record W1 D3 L3. Their only victory came in the first leg of the 1996/97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup semi-final, a 3-0 triumph against Liverpool FC setting up a 3-2 aggregate win. In the final they lost 1-0 to FC Barcelona. Three years earlier, PSG had drawn 1-1 at home to Arsenal FC in the last four of the same competition and went out 2-1 on aggregate.

• The win in Paris is Chelsea's only triumph on French soil. They were last there for a UEFA Champions League group stage fixture in 2010/11, losing 1-0 at Olympique de Marseille. They lost at the same venue and by the same score in the 1999/2000 second group stage and also went down 3-1 at AS Monaco FC in the 2003/04 semi-final first leg, eventually succumbing 5-3 on aggregate.

• Chelsea did beat an FC Girondins de Bordeaux side coached by Laurent Blanc 4-0 in London in the 2008/09 group stage – Frank Lampard with the opening goal – before a 1-1 draw in France.

Match background
• Paris are in the quarter-finals for the second time in successive seasons and only the third time in all. A year ago at this stage they drew 2-2 at home to Barcelona and 1-1 at the Camp Nou, losing on away goals.

• In this season's round of 16 a 4-0 win at Bayer 04 Leverkusen – with two goals from Ibrahimović – set up a comfortable Paris victory. They won the return 2-1 to take their goal tally in the competition to 22, of which Ibrahimović has contributed ten.

• At home in this season's group stage Paris beat SL Benfica (3-0) and Olympiacos CF (2-1) and drew 1-1 with RSC Anderlecht.

• Paris are unbeaten in 28 European home games. The last visiting team to prevail at the Parc des Princes in UEFA competition were Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC, 4-2 winners in the UEFA Cup group stage in November 2006.  

• Paris' only other European Cup semi-final appearance came in 1994/95 when they lost 3-0 on aggregate to AC Milan.

• Chelsea are looking to book their place in a seventh semi-final in 11 campaigns. They reached this stage with a 2-0 home win against Galatasaray AŞ, securing a 3-1 aggregate success.

• Chelsea won their group for the eighth time (they have finished second on three occasions). They lost home and away against FC Basel 1893 but won their four other fixtures without conceding a goal, beating FC Steaua Bucureşti 4-0 away and 1-0 at home and FC Schalke 04 3-0 home and away.

• Mourinho, who also captured the UEFA Champions League with Inter (2010), is bidding to become the first manager to win the European Cup with three different teams. Only Bob Paisley (Liverpool FC 1977, 1978, 1981) has won the trophy three times as a coach.

Team ties
• Alex made 135 appearances for Chelsea between 2007 and 2012, scoring ten times. He joined in 2004 but spent three seasons on loan at PSV Eindhoven before returning to Stamford Bridge, earning a UEFA Champions League runners-up medal in 2008. He won the 2009/10 Premier League, when he also helped the club win the FA Cup he had also won in 2009. He signed for Paris in January 2012.

• Other players who have served both clubs include Claude Makelele, Nicolas Anelka and Mateja Kežman.

• In 2010/11 Eden Hazard lifted the French Cup after LOSC Lille's 1-0 win over Paris and then a week later played in a 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes which gave LOSC the French double for the first time since 1946. He lost only one of nine Ligue 1 games against Paris, scoring in a 2-1 home win in April 2012.

• At LOSC Hazard was a team-mate of Yohan Cabaye and Lucas Digne.

• César Azpilicueta played for Marseille between 2010 and 2012, winning only one of his three games against Paris: a 3-0 success in November 2011 in which he helped set up one of the goals.

• Petr Čech played for Stade Rennais FC between 2002 and 2004, winning one of four league games against Paris.

• Demba Ba began his career at FC Rouen and was a team-mate of Cabaye at Newcastle United FC. The Paris midfielder was on Tyneside between 2011 and 2014, scoring 18 goals in 93 appearances and playing in two home wins against Chelsea and one win at Stamford Bridge. He was twice on the losing side against the Blues.

• Zoumana Camara spent 2003/04 on loan at Leeds United AFC from RC Lens, making 15 appearances and scoring once.

• Mourinho signed Thiago Motta for Inter in July 2009 when he became a team-mate of Samuel Eto'o. Ibrahimović had spent 2008/09 working under the Portuguese coach, scoring 25 goals to finish as Serie A's top scorer as Inter won the title.

• Oscar scored in Brazil's 3-0 friendly win over a France side containing Blaise Matuidi and Cabaye on 9 June 2013 in Porto Alegre.

• Thiago Silva, Lucas and Marquinhos are Brazil team-mates of David Luiz, Oscar and Ramires.

• Blanc, who was at Barcelona in 1996/97 when Mourinho was working alongside the club's coach Bobby Robson, finished his playing career at Manchester United FC between 2001 and 2003, featuring in 3-0 wins for both away team in his first season and a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge in his second.

Last updated: 31/03/14 12.09CET

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