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Champions League: Chelsea meet foes PSG in last-16 tie on Tuesday

Champions League: Chelsea meet foes PSG in last-16 tie on Tuesday

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Chelsea face a tough test on Tuesday night when they face Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League last-16 tie.

A third successive season, PSG and Chelsea are regular foes in the knockout rounds with away goals having separated them in the past two seasons.

Chelsea go into Tuesday’s match with Guus Hiddink in charge as interim manager after José Mourinho’s exit.

We have to rate PSG very highly. First, because they knocked out Chelsea last year, and I think they've only lost one game so far this season.

PSG are current Ligue 1 leaders by some 24 points, and have won the last three seasons.

The Laurent Blanc-coached-team have gone undefeated in 44 domestic games, and should give the London club some tough time.

At Chelsea, the mood has been different. The club has endured the most disastrous title defense in the history of the Premier League, finding themselves closer to the relegation zone than a top four place that would earn them a return to the Champions League football for next season.

On the sidelines of the tie is a controversy involving Ivory Coast international Serge Aurier, who has been suspended indefinitely after he insulted coach Blanc and his team mates.

The 23-year-old was also shown calling team-mate Angel Di Maria a “clown”.

Paris will prove a tough nut for Hiddink’s side to crack however, if history is to be repeated.

In another game, Zenit will take on Benfica.

The Russian champions have not played a competitive game since their final group stage match in December,due to the Premier League’s mid-season break, but training camps in Portugal and Qatar were arranged to prepare the team for the Benfica clash.

Recent meetings between the two sides have evenly matched.