Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was giving little away, apart from some laughs, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg against Paris Saint-Germain.
PA Sport
2 Apr 2014 - 4:44 AM  UPDATED 2 Apr 2014 - 2:14 PM

Mourinho was asked to replicate his memorable moment on the eve of a UCL last 16 tie at Barcelona in February 2005 and list the two sides for the following day's match.

The Chelsea boss deferred to the UEFA interpreter on his right, suggesting he had the line-ups written down and read out the first five names on the team-sheet.

Petr Cech, (
Branislav) Ivanovic, (
John) Terry, (
Gary) Cahill and (
Cesar) Azpilicueta," said Mourinho, who opened his eve-of-match media conference by announcing Azpilicueta had become a father on Monday to a girl, Martina.

Asked to read further, Mourinho screwed up the piece of paper.

It was metaphoric, for all season Mourinho has bemoaned the quality of his strike-force.

Again, after lthe weekend loss at Crystal Palace, which saw him concede defeat in the Premier League title race, the Blues boss outlined his intention to overhaul his forward line.

As if to illustrate Chelsea is a comparative pauper to PSG's princes, Mourinho listed the men he considers to be the leading forwards in Europe, three of whom play for the Parisien side.

Mourinho, who insisted PSG is the favourite to progress to the final four, said: "It's a team full of fantastic strikers and goalscorers and that is what really makes the difference in this level.

"You look to the teams in the top eight at this moment, all of them good teams, good structures, with a certain philosophy, but after that you go and you see (Barcelona's
Lionel) Messi, (Real Madrid's
Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Borussia Dortmund's
Robert) Lewandowski,
Diego Costa, Ibrahimovic, (
Edison) Cavani, (
Ezequiel) Lavezzi.

"They (PSG) have lots of them. At this level it's a very important part of a team."

Fernando Torres is likely to start up front for Chelsea as
Samuel Eto'o (hamstring) did not travel and
Demba Ba has been used sparingly this season.

Ashley Cole (knee) also did not travel, meaning Dutch youngster
Nathan Ake is back-up to Azpilicueta.

The Spain full-back was smiling widely after the arrival of his daughter and now hopes to return with a victory.

"I want to play. Yesterday was a beautiful day for me," Azpilicueta said.

"But now I know that my two girls are okay and I came with my head clean to train today, to play tomorrow and to get back with a good result so everyone will be happy."