Premier League champions Chelsea will host the current Ligue 1 holders Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge in Champions League round of 16-second leg on Wednesday evening. The two teams will go head to head once again with Laurent Blanc’s side ahead on aggregate after their 2-1 victory at the Parc des Princes in the reverse fixture. The Blues’ boss Guus Hiddink
will want his side to put in a good solid performance, as they need to win the competition if they wish to qualify for it for the upcoming season. PSG will surely not be an easy opponent and the two sides will have to fight it out to go through to the next round.
It has not really been a good season for the west London outfit so far, who will hope to produce a good performance and end their campaign well. Here is what Hiddink had to say prior to his side’s really important match:
Praising Costa he said, “I’m very proud of him the way he’s playing and, going not over the edge, but he likes to fight in the real way of the game.”
“That’s what we like. I protect him and support him when he’s doing what he has done in my period at Chelsea.”
“He scored recently in not the worst league in the world. In the Premier League, he frequently is scoring now, since December, January.”
“Before he had this problem of not scoring, as did the team. Let’s see and hope he can make it to the European level as well.”
Further defending Hazard he added, “At that time when he was playing away in Paris he was in that period just coming back from a rather severe injury.”
“We could not ask him to be game fit at that moment. He had two or three actions that looked like Hazard.”
“We are some weeks further into the league and game fitness. He can and must show what he is capable of, which is more than the away game.”
Complementing Gary Cahill’s composure he added, “I was thinking in the future he [Cahill] could be a very good manager in the way he answered this question,” he says.
“I haven’t read it but I think the Gary answer is right.”
Confirming Pedro’s return and that Costa could be available after a late fitness test, he concluded, “It’s always good to have an away goal.”
“The golden rules are not there. It’s a game between two big names in European football.”
“It’s difficult to say where the golden rules are but I think it will be a clash where Europe will enjoy two adventurous teams.”