Eden Hazard has said that he will draw on his previous experiences playing against Paris Saint Germain when Chelsea face the French champions in the last eight of this season’s Champions League.
The Belgium international came up against PSG a number of times during his five years in Ligue 1 with Lille, most notably in the 2011 Coupe de France final, and in a 2-2 draw at the Parc de Princes, which clinched the championship for Rudi Garcia’s side.
The Blues head to the French capital for the first leg of their Champions League quarter final tie next Wednesday, before the return leg at Stamford Bridge the following Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Express understand that PSG midfielder Yohan Cabaye has urged Hazard to join him in Laurent Blanc’s side.
The pair played together at Lille, and the former Newcastle United man is keen on a reunion with the Belgium international next season.
Elsewhere, Arsenal dropped more points in their pursuit of the Premier League title after only managing to draw 2-2 with Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium yesterday evening, while Manchester City moved to within three points of the Blues after beating champions Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford.
Chelsea sent out a clear message of intent to their title rivals by thumping Arsenal 6-0 at Stamford Bridge Saturday lunchtime.
Samuel Eto’o put the hosts in front on five minutes, and their advantage was doubled just two minutes later through Andre Schurlle – both goals coming from clinical counter-attacking from Jose Mourinho’s side.
Then, on seventeen minutes, the Blues were awarded a penalty after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tipped an Eden Hazard shot away with his fingertips.
The incident led to a sending off, it was defender Kieran Gibbs who was dismissed after referee Andre Marriner appeared to have mistaken him as the culprit.
Hazard duly converted the penalty, before Oscar made it 4-0 three minutes before the break.
The Brazil international then scored his second and his sides fifth on sixty-six minutes before substitute Mohamed Salah completed the Gunners’ misery with his first goal for the club five minutes later.
The result sees Chelsea remain four points of clear of second place Liverpool, who beat Cardiff City 6-3 later in the day.
The Merseyside club will have the chance to reduce that gap when they host Sunderland on Wednesday evening, while Chelsea will now turn their attention to Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace before they host Paris Saint Germain, who they were drawn against in the quarter finals of the Champions League.
Chelsea eased into the Champions League quarter finals after beating Galatasaray 2-0 in the second leg of their last sixteen tie at Stamford Bridge yesterday evening.
With the sides having drawn 1-1 in Istanbul three weeks ago, it was the Premier League leaders who made the breakthrough through Samuel Eto’o after just four minutes.
Gary Cahill doubled the hosts’ advantage three minutes before the break, thumping in after John Terry’s initial effort was saved by Fernando Musilera.
Didier Drogba, who was given a rousing reception by the home supporters on his first return to Stamford Bridge since leaving the club at the end of the 2011/12 campaign, had a chance to pull one back for Roberto Mancini’s side late on which he failed to convert.
The Blues will discover who they will face in the last eight of the competition on Friday, twenty-four hours before they return to domestic action with their top of the table clash with Arsenal.
Manager Jose Mourinho has told Sky Sports that “it doesn’t matter who” the club are drawn against in the quarter finals.
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint Germain and holders Bayern Munich are already in the hat for the draw along with the Blues, and they will be joined by either Manchester United or Olympiakos and Zenit St Petersburg or Borussia Dortmund, with the final round of last sixteen ties taking place this evening.
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Chelsea missed the chance to move four points clear at the top of the Premier League after being held to a 1-1 draw by relegation threatened West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns yesterday evening.
Branislav Ivanovic put the Blues in front on the stroke of half time, only for Baggies substitute Victor Anichebe to equalise three minutes from time to give Pepe Mel’s side a share of the spoils with their only attempt on target in the entire game.
Both Arsenal and Manchester City now have the opportunity to leapfrog Jose Mourinho’s men, should they win their matches against Manchester United and Sunderland respectively.
Meanwhile, Chelsea will now turn their attention their trip to Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup in four days’ time, while their next league game is against Everton at Stamford Bridge the following Saturday.
Elsewhere, Eden Hazard has dismissed speculation linking him with a move to French champions Paris Saint Germain, according to Sky Sports.
The Belgium international midfielder, who scored his first hat-trick for the Blues in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Newcastle United, is a reported target for the mega-spending Ligue 1 side though he has expressed his desire to achieve success in West London.
Chelsea return to Premier League action on Saturday lunchtime with a trip to Hull City.
The Blues remain without Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic, both of whom are out of action for about a month with muscle and knee problems respectively.
The sides met at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the season, when goals from Oscar and Lampard secured a 2-0 home win.
Another three points here will see Jose Mourinho’s men move to the top of the league, with second place Manchester City not playing until Sunday when they face a difficult trip to Newcastle United, while Arsenal travel to Aston Villa on Monday evening.
Meanwhile, the Metro understands the Eden Hazard has told friends that he wants to join Paris Saint Germain in the summer.
Reports in France suggest the Belgium international ‘will do whatever it takes’ to secure a move to the Ligue 1 leaders.
The 23 year old moved to Chelsea in the summer of 2012 from Lille, and has since notched up eighty-nine appearances in all competitions for the club.
Twenty-seven of those outings have come this season, while he is the Blues’ top scorer so far this campaign with ten goals.
Reports in Italy are suggesting that Ligue 1 big spenders Paris Saint Gemain are ready to renew their interest in signing Juan Mata.
The Spain international, who is in line to win his thirty-second cap in a friendly against South Africa this evening, has been used sporadically by Blues manager Jose Mourinho since he returned to Stamford Bridge despite the forward winning back to back Player of the Year awards at the club.
Of his seven Premier League appearances, two have come from the bench, and he has been taken off in each of the five games which he has started.
The 25 year old was linked with a move away from the club in the summer, and PSG appear to be leading the race to secure his services when the transfer window reopens in January.
Meanwhile, Eden Hazard has urged Keivn de Bruyne to leave Chelsea in order to ensure he is involved in next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
De Bruyne has started just twice in both the Premier League and Capital One Cup this season, and has been strongly linked with a return to the Bundesliga, where he spent the whole of last season.
Both he, Hazard and Thibaut Courtois are in the Belgium squad for their friendly against Japan this evening.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expected to rotate his squad ahead of this evening’s Capital One Cup fourth round tie with Arsenal.
Juan Mata, Michael Essien, Demba Ba and Mark Schwarzer are all set to be handed rare starts, with Saturday’s trip to Newcastle United and Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Schalke in mind.
The Blues will be full of confidence having won their last three ties in this competition against the Gunners, including the 2007 final victory at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Mourinho lifted the trophy on two occasions during his first spell at the club, also beating Liverpool two years earlier while only Liverpool (eight) and Aston Villa (five) having won the competition more times than Chelsea (four).
Meanwhile, AC Milan manager Massmiliano Alegri has denied that Mario Balotelli is set to leave the club, following fresh reports linking him with a move to Stamford Bridge.
The Italy international played under Mourinho for two years at Inter Milan, where together they won two league titles, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League.
Finally, the Telegraph understands that mega-spending Ligue 1 side Paris Saint Germain are ready to reignite their interest in Juan Mata, who remains on the fringes of Mourinho’s starting XI.
Fernando Torres is keen to continue his goal-scoring run after his midweek brace in Europe, the Mirror understands.
The Spain international got his third and fourth goals of the season in the 3-0 win in Schalke on Tuesday evening, but is yet to score in the Premier League despite featuring in all but two of the Blues’ top-flight games so far.
In fact, his only league goal this calendar year came in the 2-1 victory over Everton on the final day of last season.
Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed in his autobiography that he consdiered signing Petr Cech on two occasions during his time in charge of Manchester United, the Daily Star understands.
However the Scot talked himself out of securing a deal for the goalkeeper, who has been at Stamford Bridge since 2004, both times.
Elsewhere, the Express has reported that the club will battle with Manchester City for the signature of Paris Saint Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi.
Both clubs are said to be preparing pre-contract offers for the 26 year old, who’s current deal expires in the summer.
Finally, the Blues have also joined Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the race to sign Wolfsburg’s promising German winger Julian Brandt.
Chelsea welcome local rivals Fulham to Stamford Bridge in Saturday’s late kick of in the Premier League, desperate to end their four match winless streak.
Nevertheless, the Blues are guaranteed to fire themselves into the top two, if only for the evening, with four of the five teams above them not playing until Sunday.
Manager Jose Mourinho has no injury concerns ahead of the game, but could well make changes to the side that lost to Basel on Wednesday evening.
Meanwhile, Paris Saint Germain coach Laurent Blanc has confirmed his sides interest in signing Juan Mata, the Express understands.
The Spain international, who has started just two of Chelsea’s six games so far this season, has been tipped to leave the club in January with Tottenham Hotspur a potential destination for the 25 year old.
However, Blanc’s words have suggested that the mega-rich Ligue 1 side will make a move when the transfer window reopens.
Elsewhere, Nathaniel Chalobah has joined Championship side Nottingham Forest until January.
Mourinho is keen for the 18 year old, who excelled during a season long spell with Watford last term, to gain further first team experience before he introduces him into the fold at Stamford Bridge.
Paris Saint Germain are interested in signing Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, the Metro understands.
The French champions are looking for a replacement for Gregory van der Wiel, who is reportedly on the verge of joining Inter Milan and have identified the Serbian international as their number one defensive target.
It is thought that they will offer the 29 year old a big-money, four year deal to try and lure him to the French capital, though it appears he favours staying at Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, the Metro also report that the Blues are hopeful of re-signing striker Didier Drogba.
Jose Mourinho is keen on being reunited with the Ivory Coast international, who he signed from Marsielle at the beginning of his first spell with the club.
Drogba, now at Galatasaray, played in the Turkish sides 3-0 friendly victory at Shrewsbury Town on Saturday; a match attended by a number of Chelsea fans who turned up to see their former hero.
Elsewhere, Daniele De Rossi has not been included in the squad for Roma’s pre-season training camp in Riscone, the Mail Online understands.
The 29 year old, who is an £11millon target for the Blues, has been given an extended break following his participation in the Confederations Cup.