Paris Saint-Germain defender David Luiz has said he is wary of facing his “great friend” Diego Costa on his return to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday.
“I don’t think John will make it on Wednesday”, the Dutchman said.
Though there may be rumours of other managers potentially taking over at the current Premier League champions, it seems as though they are preparing for life with Conte – and given the vast amount of names linked already, it seems there are going to be a lot of changes at the club. “We must not monitor only one player”.
Similarly, the latest tie is finely poised – PSG holding a 2-1 advantage thanks to goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani either side of John Obi Mikel’s equaliser at the Parc des Princes.
Chelsea have been revitalised by veteran Dutch coach Guus Hiddink following a shambolic start to their Premier League title defence under Jose Mourinho a year ago, but excellent performances from Willian have provided one of the few constants of their campaign. “For me is the best player of Chelsea at the moment, so we have to watch him closely”, Lucas told reporters following the runaway Ligue 1 leaders’ 0-0 draw against Montpellier.
Chelsea winger Willian is hoping that his team can go all the way in this year’s Champions League, giving interim boss Guus Hiddink a title to enjoy before handing over the reins to a new permanent manager in the summer.
“We are underdogs, also with the season Chelsea is experiencing, especially in the first half”. It will be hard for us but we can win. We have great quality in the squad, they have as well, and games like this are 50/50.
“He uses warfare to win the games, but I know him, he’s a good guy who transforms when he comes on the pitch. We know [PSG] want the ball and to keep possession but we have to put them under pressure and press”.
“We are not the favourites”. But let’s be very tough underdogs.