Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic has revealed that his team-mates are well aware of the fact that the Champions League is their last chance to salvage a poor campaign.

The Pensioners have already lost the chance to retain their league title and are well adrift of the top four, meaning winning the Champions League is their best route back into the competition for next season.

However, Guus Hiddink's team have the odds stacked against them having lost the first leg of their round of 16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 away from home. The return game is tonight at Stamford Bridge.

Matic is well aware of the kind of challenge that awaits them later tonight as the French champions have a lot of quality players in their ranks who can make their job  difficult. 

However, the Serbian is counting on quality and tactical elements, which he believes will be crucial in overturning the deficit in their favour and ensuring their progress through to the quarter-finals.


"The Champions League is a chance to save the season, everyone is aware of that", Matic told his club's official website.

"We know it’s not going to be easy, it will be very hard. We’ve played PSG in the last two seasons and both times it’s been decided on away goals.

"It’s difficult because they have the best players in the French league.

"You can be prepared but when you get onto the pitch it’s quality which decides the outcome.

"Obviously there is a tactical element, which the coach prepares, but when you play against these teams you never know what’s going to happen."