- Associated Press - Monday, April 7, 2014

LONDON (AP) - Having won the Champions League two seasons ago, experience is on Chelsea’s side as the Blues need to overturn a two-goal deficit at Stamford Bridge against European football’s newest “nouveaux riches” to reach the semifinals of the tournament.

Ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s visit on Tuesday, Jose Mourinho lamented the lack of strikers in his squad. But the Chelsea manager is blessed with a group of talented attacking midfielders to pick from including Eden Hazard and Willian, while veteran Samuel Eto'o could be a huge asset if he recovers in time from a hamstring injury.

Following the 3-1 loss at the Parc des Princes, not conceding will also be crucial for the west London team, which boasts an excellent defensive home record: Chelsea conceded only 9 goals in 17 Premier League home games this season and will come into the PSG match on the back of eight consecutive clean sheets at Stamford Bridge in all competitions.

PSG has scored 25 games in this Champions League campaign but is without injured striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has scored 10 goals in the competition this term.


Here are five things to know about Tuesday’s match:

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HISTORY FAVORS CHELSEA

Been there, done that. Two years ago, Chelsea was on the verge of elimination after a 3-1 loss at Napoli in the first leg of their last 16 tie. PSG center forward Edinson Cavani and winger Ezequiel Lavezzi - who scored the French team’s early goal in Paris last week -were playing for the Italian side at the time. In a remarkable turnaround, Chelsea went through with a 4-1 win at Stamford Bridge and went on to win the tournament.

Chelsea can also take confidence in its good home record against French opposition at home. The Blues have received visitors from France five times and managed to keep four clean sheets.

“I’ve played in these big Champions League nights at Stamford Bridge before and we have got a big home performance in us’” said Chelsea defender Gary Cahill. “We have the character for that sort of performance.”

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CAVANI‘S CHANCE

Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani will finally get the chance to play in his favored center forward role because of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s injury.

Ibrahimovic, who has scored 40 goals for PSG this season, faces a few weeks out with a thigh injury picked up during the first leg.

Cavani has played wide on the right most of the season in Laurent Blanc’s 4-2-3-1 formation and said in an interview last week that he was increasingly unhappy in this role, adding that he would assess his position at the end of the season.

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