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Chelsea FC and Paris Saint-Germain go head to head for a second successive season in the knockout rounds with the London club hoping to repeat their 2014 victory.

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Chelsea FC and Paris Saint-Germain go head to head for a second successive season in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds, with the London club hoping to repeat their triumph of ten months ago.

• The teams are level at 1-1 after the first game on 17 February, Branislav Ivanović giving Chelsea a first-half lead and Edinson Cavani replying after the break.

• Paris players will wear black armbands for the game. Eight French nationals, including three sportsmen and women, died in a helicopter crash in Argentina on Monday.

Previous meetings
• In the 2013/14 quarter-finals Paris won the home leg 3-1, David Luiz, then with Chelsea, scoring an own goal. Eden Hazard struck from the spot and in the end that proved decisive as Chelsea prevailed 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to advance on away goals.

• The full lineups at Stamford Bridge on 8 April 2014 were:
Chelsea: Čech, Ivanović, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Lampard (Ba 66), Willian, Oscar (Torres 81), Hazard (Schürrle 18), Eto'o.
Paris: Sirigu, Jallet, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell, Verratti (Cabaye 55), Thiago Motta, Matuidi, Lucas (Marquinhos 85), Cavani, Lavezzi (Pastore 73).

• The sides drew 0-0 in London in the 2004/05 group stage after Chelsea had won 3-0 in Paris. The latter fixture was José Mourinho's first UEFA Champions League game in charge of the west Londoners, just months after he lifted the trophy with FC Porto.

• The lineups at Stamford Bridge on 24 November 2004 were:
Chelsea: Cudicini, Johnson, Gallas, Carvalho, Bridge, Parker, Smertin, J Cole, Lampard (Gudjohnsen 62), Robben (Duff 46), Kežman (Drogba 62).
Paris: Letizi, Mendy, Cana, Armand, M'Bami, Pierre-Fanfan, Rothen, Cissé (Bošković 83), Pauleta (Pancrate 90), Yepes, Reinaldo (Coridon 77). 

• Chelsea have kept five clean sheets in six home matches against French teams. The sole exception was a 2-2 draw with AS Monaco FC in the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg, prompting a 5-3 aggregate loss.

• The Blues beat an FC Girondins de Bordeaux outfit coached by Laurent Blanc 4-0 at home on matchday one of the 2008/09 competition before a 1-1 draw in France.

Match background

• Semi-finalists last season, Chelsea are looking to reach the last eight for the fourth time in five years and the seventh time in the last nine campaigns. Last year they ousted Galatasaray AŞ 3-1 on aggregate.

• The Blues won their group for the ninth time in their last 12 campaigns; they finished runners-up in two other years and were eliminated in the group stage only once, as holders in 2012/13.

• At home this term, they started with a 1-1 draw against FC Schalke 04 and then beat NK Maribor (6-0) and Sporting Clube de Portugal (3-1).

• In UEFA competition Chelsea have lost the tie three times on the eight occasions they have drawn their first leg away from home, most recently against Club Atlético de Madrid in last season's semi-finals (0-0 away, 1-3 home). Those five aggregate victories came after a 1-1 away draw, most recently against Galatasaray in the 2013/14 round of 16 when they prevailed 2-0 at home.

• Chelsea's shoot-out record in UEFA competition is W1 L3:
4-5 v FC Bayern München, 2013 UEFA Super Cup
4-3 v FC Bayern München, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League final
5-6 v Manchester United FC, 2007/08 UEFA Champions League final
1-4 v Liverpool FC, 2006/07 UEFA Champions League semi-final

• Paris are targeting a third successive appearance in the quarter-finals. Twelve months ago at this stage a 4-0 victory at Bayer 04 Leverkusen set up a 6-1 aggregate triumph.

• Away from home this season, Paris drew with AFC Ajax (1-1), edged APOEL FC (1-0) and succumbed to their first defeat on matchday six, crashing 3-1 at FC Barcelona.

• Paris have won seven of their last 15 UEFA Champions League away games, losing four.

• The Parisians have drawn the home first leg 11 times in UEFA competition and won five of those ties on aggregate. They lost the most recent, against Barcelona in the 2012/13 quarter-finals (2-2 home, 1-1 away).

• Paris's European shoot-out record is W0 L1:
3-4 v Rangers FC, 2001/02 UEFA Cup third round

Coach and player links
• Part of the Chelsea side who eliminated Paris last spring, Luiz joined the French club last summer. He made 81 appearances for the Premier League outfit, scoring six times.

• Luiz played the full 120 minutes of the 2012 final against Bayern in Munich, converting his spot kick in the shoot-out. He also featured in the defeat of SL Benfica in the 2013 UEFA Europa League final in Amsterdam.

• Alex also swapped Stamford Bridge for the Parc des Princes; Claude Makélélé, Nicolas Anelka and Mateja Kežman also played for both teams.

• Blanc was at Barcelona in 1996/97 when Mourinho was working alongside the club's coach Bobby Robson. He ended his playing days at Manchester United FC between 2001 and 2003, figuring in both league meetings against Chelsea in his first season – 3-0 victories for the away teams – and a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge in his second.

• In 2010/11 Hazard helped LOSC Lille beat Paris 1-0 in the French Cup final; a week later he played in a 2-2 draw at the Parc des Princes which gave LOSC their first French double since 1946. The Belgian lost just one of nine Ligue 1 matches against Paris, scoring in a 2-1 home success in April 2012.

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

• Drogba spent 2003/04 at Marseille. Loïc Rémy represented OM between 2010 and 2013, netting in a 3-0 Ligue 1 home win over Paris in November 2011, César Azpilicueta helping set up one of the goals in that victory.

• Mourinho signed Thiago Motta for FC Internazionale Milano in July 2009, while Ibrahimović worked under the Portuguese in 2008/09, firing 25 goals to finish as Serie A top scorer as Inter tooko the title.

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

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

Match facts

• Ivanović, Cesc Fàbregas and Filipe Luís are a booking away from a ban.

• Ivanović put Chelsea ahead on 21 February at home to Burnley FC, who equalised to earn a point after Nemanja Matić was sent off.

• Matić was subsequently banned for three matches, reduced to two on appeal, and missed the 2-0 English League Cup final victory against Tottenham Hotspur FC on 1 March and the 1-0 win at West Ham United FC three days later decided by Hazard's header.

• A strike from John Terry and a Kyle Walker own goal, the full-back deflecting in Diego Costa's shot, settled the League Cup final at Wembley.

• The triumph was Mourinho's third in the competition and his first silverware since returning to the club in summer 2013. Mourinho won five major trophies during his initial spell at Stamford Bridge between 2004 and 2007.

• The Blues are eight matches unbeaten in all competitions, since losing 4-2 at home to Bradford City AFC in the FA Cup fourth round on 24 January.

• John Obi Mikel has not played since 7 February because of a knee injury.

• Marco Verratti and Gregory van der Wiel will incur a suspension with their next booking.

• Paris were 4-1 winners at home to RC Lens on Saturday. The French champions followed up their first-leg draw with a 3-1 home victory against Toulouse FC in which Adrien Rabiot scored twice.

• Having drawn 0-0 with AS Monaco FC in the league on 1 March, Paris defeated the same team 2-0 at Parc des Princes in the French Cup quarter-finals three days later, Luiz and Cavani the goalscorers.

• Ibrahimović was suspended for the matches against Monaco.

• Blanc's men are 14 games unbeaten in all competitions, since going down 4-2 at SC Bastia on 10 January.

• Serge Aurier (14 February, hamstring), Lucas (14 February, groin) and Yohan Cabaye (14 February, thigh) are sidelined; Thiago Motta (out since 11 February, calf) returned against Lens.

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