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Chelsea call on home strength for Paris visit

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Chelsea FC have conceded in only one of their five home matches against French teams but José Mourinho's side will be wary of Paris Saint-Germain, who have scored 14 goals in four away games in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League and who visit London with a healthy 3-1 quarter-final first-leg advantage.

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• Paris will be without their injured striker Zlatan Ibrahimović, who has ten goals in the campaign and worked under Mourinho at FC Internazionale Milano in 2008/09, as they seek their second semi-final appearance.

Previous meetings
• The teams' sole previous meeting at Stamford Bridge, in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions group stage, ended goalless. Chelsea had already qualified and went on to top the group while Paris came bottom.

• The full lineups at Stamford Bridge on 24 November 2004 were:

Chelsea: Cudicini, Johnson, Gallas, Carvalho, Bridge, Parker, Lampard (Drogba 62), Smertin, J Cole, Kežman (Gudjohnsen 62), Robben (Duff 46).

Paris: Letizi, Pichot, Mendy, Yepes, Cana, Armand, M'Bami, Cissé (Bošković 83), Pierre-Fanfan, Reinaldo (Coridon 77) Pauleta (Pancrate 90).

• The match in Paris was Mourinho's first European fixture in charge of Chelsea, the season after he lifted the trophy for the first time with FC Porto. His side won 3-0 through a John Terry header and two strikes from Didier Drogba.

• The teams also drew 1-1 in a friendly on 23 July 2012 at Yankee Stadium in New York, Nenê and Lucas Piazon scoring the goals. The starting lineups were:

Chelsea: Čech, Ferreira, Luiz, Cahill, Hutchinson, De Bruyne, Lampard, Mikel, Hazard, Lukaku, Kakuta.

Paris: Douchez, Sakho, Alex, Armand, Jallet, Nenê, Bodmer, Chantôme, Pastore, Lavezzi, Gameiro.

• Chelsea have received visitors from France on five occasions and kept four clean sheets. In the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg they drew 2-2 with AS Monaco FC, bowing out 5-3 on aggregate.

• The Londoners beat an FC Girondins de Bordeaux outfit coached by Laurent Blanc 4-0 at home in the 2008/09 group stage – Frank Lampard with the opener – before a 1-1 draw in France. They also overcame Olympique de Marseille 1-0 in both the 2010/11 group stage and the 1999/2000 second group stage.

• Paris have played eight games against English teams with the record W2 D3 L3. First leg aside, their only other victory came in the first leg of the 1996/97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup semi-final, a 3-0 home triumph over Liverpool FC setting up a 3-2 aggregate win. In the final they lost 1-0 to FC Barcelona. On their last cross-Channel trip they drew 0-0 at Manchester City FC in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage.

UEFA.com