Thursday 27 October 2016

Chelsea insist form won't be a factor for third PSG battle

PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic
PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Domestic form will not be a factor when Chelsea meet Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16, according to the Blues' club secretary David Barnard.

Chelsea have been pitted against the Ligue 1 champions for the third successive year in the knockout stage.

PSG will go into the tie as favourites regardless of whether Chelsea recover from a nightmare start to the Premier League season that has seen them lose eight of their first 15 matches.

But Barnard insists how Chelsea fare against PSG will depend more on whether they rise to the occasion of the tie than their wider struggles.

"It's a knockout game and it depends on the form of the two teams over those two legs," he said. "I don't think you can take league form into it."

PSG beat Chelsea on away goals at the same stage of last season's Champions League, claiming a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge despite playing the majority of the match with 10 men to avenge their quarterfinal exit to Chelsea the previous season.

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