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PSG attack is nothing special - Ba

ESPN staff
March 26, 2014
PSG have scored 70 goals in Ligue 1 this season and face Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-finals © Getty Images

Chelsea face teams like Champions League opponents Paris Saint-Germain "five or six times" in an English season, according to Demba Ba.

A boyhood PSG supporter, the 28-year-old striker will return to the Parc des Princes when the Premier League leaders face the French champions in the first leg of their quarter-final tie on April 2.

With an attack spearheaded by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani, PSG have swept all before them domestically and made light work of Bayer Leverkusen in the last round, winning 6-1 on aggregate.

But Ba believes that, as good as PSG's front line is, Jose Mourinho's men have the edge on Laurent Blanc's squad.

"Of course PSG's attack is good, but we play in the Premier League," the Senegal international told French radio station RMC.

"When you play Manchester United, there's Rooney and Van Persie. At City, there's Aguero, Negredo and Silva. We also play Liverpool, who have two great strikers in Sturridge and Suarez.

"Teams like PSG, with an exceptional attack, we play five or six times a season. We're a bit more used to playing this kind of game than PSG.

"At this level of the competition, experience is very important. Whether it be the coaching or the players, we have that experience. Even if Paris are fresher, we have a very experienced team with old hands such as Eto'o and Lampard, who are used to handling this kind of game."

Ba has been used sparingly by Mourinho this season and is expected to leave the club in the summer, but he could get an opportunity to feature in the French capital with Eto'o - one of Chelsea's most important players in recent weeks - struggling with a thigh injury.

Meanwhile, Chelsea forward Eden Hazard told La Derniere Heure that Samuel Eto'o's influence stretches beyond his ability with the ball at his feet.

"Every day he tells me that I have to be among the best players in the world," the Belgium international, 23, explained. "In each game, he keeps telling me that I have to make the difference. He says: 'You can't leave the stadium without having scored a goal.'

"Before, I said to myself that I was just going to play football. If we won and I didn't score, never mind. Now, I say to myself that that is also football: always score, always show you can do things."

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