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Chelsea relishing rare underdog role, Mourinho expects to advance

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Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho laughs during a press conference at their Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Monday, April 7, 2014. Paris Saint-Germain take a 3-1 lead from the first leg into their second leg Champions League quarterfinal soccer match against Chelsea on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)


Chelsea welcomes Paris Saint-Germain to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday for the second leg of the pair’s UEFA Champions League quarterfinal match, and Blues boss Jose Mourinho is expecting to win despite his club’s 3-1 deficit.

The BBC points out that Chelsea have overcome a two-goal, first-leg defeat only once (The Blues came back to beat Napoli in 2012). Ever the one for mind games, Mourinho says the pressure’s off his side ahead of the home tilt at Stamford Bridge, and squarely on PSG.

From the BBC:

“I think if Paris is knocked out it will be a big disappointment for them; if we are knocked out it’s something that, in this moment, lots of people are expecting,” he said.

“We have to enjoy the risk of the situation. At 9.30pm we can be out and we know that we have this risk. But at 7.45pm we have chances to be in the semi-final.

“I think we are going to win, really. In the end of the two legs, I think we are going to score more goals than them.”

Eden Hazard’s 27th minute penalty leveled the first leg, but may serve a much more crucial importance at home. With PSG missing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, keeping the French club off the score sheet will be a tad easier (though presumably Edinson Cavani will slide into his preferred role as No. 1 attacking option).

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