Samuel Eto’o could feature for Chelsea FC against PSG, but Mourinho accepts that it might be risk to start him.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho doesn’t have any new injury concerns ahead of this game. Andre Schurrle, who was substituted in the second half of their game against Stoke City, picked up a foot injury, but is expected to be fit in time for this match against PSG – although he is unlikely to start. Samuel Eto’o, who missed the trip to Paris in the first leg after failing to recover from his hamstring injury in time, could feature in this game. But Jose Mourinho has insisted that it might be a risk to start him against PSG.
‘Will Eto’o be fit? Let’s see. Let’s see if he trains on Monday. Maybe he could play but to risk a player you need to have minimum conditions to take that risk.
“If you think he’s going to be out after 10 minutes of the game you can’t take that risk. If there is a minimum of risk, then yes.
“We need to score goals. If we don’t score a minimum of two goals we are out. We know that, so if we can have everybody available who can give us a chance to score goals then let’s do that.” – The Chelsea manager said.
Mohamed Salah and Nemanja Matic are ineligible to participate in this year’s competition for the Blues and will once again be unavailable for selection. Ramires will also miss out on this game as he serves his suspension after picking up another yellow card in the first leg. There are also doubts about the fitness of John Obi Mikel ahead of this game.
Mourinho opted to start without a natural striker in the first leg as he opted to start Andre Schurrle in the role of ‘false nine’ as he looked to control the game and hit PSG on the counter attack. But having conceded a two-goal lead in the first leg, Chelsea will have to push for goals from the start in this game.
The Chelsea manager is expected to make three changes to the starting line-up he used against Stoke City in the last match. Eden Hazard and Oscar, who started on the bench in the last game, will return to the starting eleven in place of Schurrle and Salah. While in midfield David Luiz, who scored an own goal in the first leg, will partner Frank Lampard as Mourinho is short on options in this match. If Mikel regains his match fitness ahead of the second leg, Mourinho could also use him to partner Lampard at the center of the park.
Expected starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Cech (GK); Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Luiz, Lampard; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Torres