Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta believes that the sacking of Jose Mourinho is bad news for the Ligue 1 club ahead of the Champions League clash between the two clubs. PSG will host Chelsea on 17 Feb for the first leg of the last-16 of the tournament and will travel to London on 10 March for the return leg. Motta believes that the sacking of the Portuguese will serve as an extra motivation for the Blues’ players in the Champions League tie against PSG.
Guus Hiddink took over as the interim manager of the London club last week, and the team responded in a resounding manner by dispatching Sunderland easily with a 3-1 scoreline at Stamford Bridge.
“It’s bad news [for PSG],” Motta said of Mourinho’s sacking on French TV programme “Canal Football Club. “It came at a time when they were having trouble, especially in the league. It’s definitely going to be an added motivation for the Chelsea players because when you change manager, you want to show [the new] manager that you’re capable of playing. There’s more competition within the squad because everyone starts again from zero.”
The 33-year old midfielder, who won the Champions League title with Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan, believes that the Premier League champions, despite their struggles in Premier League, would prove to be a tough competition for PSG in the competition.
“It’s not a good moment for Chelsea — things are not going well in the league,” the former Atletico Madrid and Barcelona player said. “But they finished first in their group in the Champions League and if you look at the Chelsea team — especially their midfielders and attacking players — they’re first class.”
Ligue 1 champions PSG dispatched off their opponents at the same stage of the competition last year on away goal rule.