Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho claims that his players are more “comfortable” playing against clubs like Paris Saint-Germain, which his team faces in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first-leg at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday, than Crystal Palace, which beat the Blues 1-0 at Selhurst Park in the Premier League last Saturday.
"Paris is the kind of match they feel comfortable to play,” the Portuguese said. “A big match, great stadium, opponents with top quality. They have some of the best players in the world playing together in the same team, so they are a very powerful team.” Mourinho also reiterated his respect for PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whom he coached at Inter Milan in 2008-09: "I only coached him for a year but it was a good year, a good experience and I rate him as one of the best players I have ever coached.”
For his part, Ibrahimovic was also full of praise for his former coach: “I connected with [Mourinho],” the Sweden international said. “Wherever he went he won. He’s a great coach, he knows what he’s doing, he knows what he needs to do to win and he has the experience.”
The 32-year-old also sounded off on his and PSG’s chances of lifting the UCL trophy: “This is my last contract in Europe and to win it I will have to win it with Paris,” he said. “The day I leave Paris is the day I will go down a level or quit football. If we will be the kings of Europe, I don’t know. I don’t want to think so far (ahead). Let’s think about the two games against Chelsea.”