Chelsea will be hoping to continue their winning ways against PSG on TuesdayReuters

Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain face each other in the first leg round of sixteen of the Champions League at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday.

The Blues have certainly improved a lot as they are in a much better position at this stage of the season as compared to the last.

They are currently in seven points clear at the top of the Premier League and in the finals of the Capital One Cup. The Blues only regret will be their premature elimination from the FA Cup.

However, even that has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the West London club as they now have some more time to focus on the Champions League.

The Blues were able to knockout the Ligue 1 side from the quarter-finals of the Champions League despite them losing the first leg 3-1.

And, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho feels that a "small detail" in the form of an away goal was the difference between the two sides last season.

"We beat them but we lost in Paris," Mourinho told Chelsea's official website. "A knockout competition was decided in the last minute, a small detail making the difference. I'm not saying we won because we were better than Paris. We won because, in this case, we scored a goal away and didn't concede at home"

While the former Real Madrid boss feels that PSG are basically the same team, with the same "dynamic" and "profile" that Chelsea faced last season, he insists that his side are "different."

"I think Paris are a great team, basically the same team as last season with David Luiz," added the Portuguese. "The same team basically, the same coach, the same dynamic, the same profile. They have conditions to be better because they have stability."

"We have changed a bit some players and the identity of our game. We have changed the profile. I don't want to say if Chelsea are better or worse than last season but, tomorrow, Parc des Princes will see a different Chelsea to last year."

Meanwhile, PSG will also be hoping to beat Chelsea and gain an advantage in the first leg despite them having a lot of injury concerns at the moment.

Some key players, including Yohan Cabaye (groin), Serge Aurier (thigh) and Lucas Moura (hamstring), have been ruled out against Chelsea after they sustained injuries during PSG's 2-2 draw against Caen on Saturday.

Furthermore Thiago Motta (calf), Blaise Matuidi (knee), Marquinhos (hamstring) and Javier Pastore (calf) are also doubtful for this fixture.

However, PSG boss Laurant Blanc despite admitting that "circumstances are far from ideal", is hopeful that the conditions will have a "positive impact" on his side's team chemistry.

"The circumstances are far from ideal, but we'll just have to be patient," Blanc told UEFA's official website. "Let's hope the conditions have a positive impact and strengthen the bond between the players, the technical staff and the fans."

"I hope we can count on this chemistry, as we'll need it against a team of great quality. We'll all have to be good to unsettle this excellent Chelsea team."

Blanc admits that PSG will be relying on Zlatan Ibrahimović when they face Chelsea on Tuesday.

"All teams rely a lot on their leaders and Zlatan Ibrahimović is definitively one for us. In the big fixtures, it's those great players who pull the team to a higher level. We'll need him at his best against Chelsea, as we'll have to take the game to them and try to score."

Expected starting lineups:

PSG: Sirigu; Maxwell, Thiago Silva, Luiz, Van der Wiel; Verratti, Matuidi, Motta; Lavezzi, Cavani, Ibrahimovic

Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahill, Ivanovic; Matic, Fabregas; Oscar, Willian, Hazard, Costa

 Where to Watch Live

The game is scheduled for a 8:45pm GMT (1:15am IST, 2:45pm ET) start, with live coverage on Ten Action and Ten HD in India. The match can also be watched via live streaming online on Ten Sports Live.

Catch the action in the UK live on ITV 1, with an option to live stream the match online on Sky GO. US viewers can watch the game live on Fox Sports 1 or online on Fox Soccer 2Go. Audience in Canada can see the tie via live stream on Sportsnet World.

Viewers in the Middle East and North Africa can watch the match via live streaming online on  beIN Sports Connect, while South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa viewers can do the same on SuperSport online.

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