Mourinho: PSG are favourites

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Paris St-Germain should be considered favourites when the two clubs meet in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s first leg in France, Mourinho said the strength of the Ligue 1 champions’ attack means they can be counted as one of Europe’s top sides.

Centre-backs John Terry and Gary Cahill will have the task of dealing with strikers Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

And Mourinho said: “It’s a team full of fantastic strikers and goalscorers and that is what really makes the difference in this level. At this level it’s a very important part of a team.

“Maybe Paris as a club doesn’t have the same level as Chelsea in the Champions League over the last decade, but you go player by player and the picture is not like that.

“Alex, Thiago Silva, Zlatan, Motta, Maxwell, Cavani – all of them have big experience in the competition.

“We have a nucleus of players that have lots of experience in the Champions League but we also have lots of players without that experience.’”

Fernando Torres is likely to start up front for the Blues, who are without Samuel Eto’o.

Veteran forward Eto’o has been nursing a hamstring injury and did not travel with the squad.

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