Former Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly believes Paris Saint-Germain must beat the Blues at Parc des Princes if they are to reach the last four of the Champions League this season.
Blanc's men face Jose Mourinho's side in the first-leg of their
quarter-final tie in the French capital on Wednesday ahead of the return
leg at Stamford Bridge a week later.
Desailly does not think PSG
have any chance of winning in west London, suggesting that Zlatan
Ibrahimovic and Co. will go for the jugular in the opening game to make
up for what he foresees as inevitable defeat in the latter tie.
"We are all expecting something from Paris," the Frenchman told Sportmasta.
"Last year they lost the quarter-final to Barcelona. In France, every
single person is expecting them to go through to at least to the
semi-final to improve on last year.
"When you see the quantity
and money they’ve spent, for the French league it’s amazing. The
Champions League has the sweetness now; the French league doesn’t
attract them anymore.
"They’ve won it two times already, they
really want the Champions League, it’s going to be a tough game. All
will be decided in Paris.
"If Chelsea manage to score or succeed
in Paris I don’t see Paris coming back to Stamford Bridge. With the
statistics Chelsea have at home, Paris can’t win."
head into the tie on the back of a shock 1-0 defeat to
relegation-threatened Crystal Palace, which has put their title threat
in jeopardy and allowed Liverpool to overtake them at the top of the
In France, PSG edged a 1-0 win over Nice on
Friday which helped them to extend their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to
13 points with just seven games left to go.