Paris Saint German midfielder Marco Verratti is already looking forward to the battle with Nigerian international Mikel Obi and the rest of the Chelsea squad when both sides clash in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie.
The two sides have recent history of playing themselves – Chelsea erased a 3-1 deficit to progress on away goals in the quarter-finals in 2014 against the French champions.
PSG then eliminated Chelsea in the last 16 in last year’s tournament, with a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge sending Laurent Blanc’s men through on away goals.
“We have demonstrated we are a great team. In the Champions League, we only conceded one goal in Madrid, where we played a great match. We are better than last year, especially defensively,” Verratti told Le Parisien.
“This [winning the Champions League] is our goal. Talk is easy, but you have to prove it on the field.
“We want to do something more than last season. And it is only the Champions League that is available.
“Playing against Chelsea is never boring. It is a top European club with players of world stature. We will have to confront them with maximum humility and concentration.
“They changed their coach and are in a difficult moment, but we absolutely must not underestimate them. It would be an unforgivable mistake that could cost us dearly.”
The two-legged encounter will be played on 16th February (in Paris) and 9th March (London). It is the third straight season, PSG and Chelsea will face each other in the knockout rounds of the competition.