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Yohan Cabaye wary of Chelsea threat

Yohan Cabaye has warned Paris Saint-Germain Chelsea will be in "the same frame of mind" as France were when they dramatically clinched their World Cup place.

Yohan Cabaye is cautious of Chelsea's threat ahead of PSG's visit to Stamford Bridge.
Yohan Cabaye is cautious of Chelsea's threat ahead of PSG's visit to Stamford Bridge.

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Cabaye, 28, was part of Les Bleus' side that left the Stade de France in raptures as they overturned their 2-0 first-leg deficit to pip Ukraine to a berth in Brazil with a thrilling 3-0 triumph in Paris.

The former Newcastle United midfielder now finds himself on the opposite side of the equation following PSG's 3-1 Champions League quarterfinal first-leg triumph in the French capital last week.

With his own experience at international level in mind, Cabaye told media the French champions would not be taking Jose Mourinho's men lightly when they head out onto the pitch at Stamford Bridge.

He said: "It's going to be a great match, a great fight that has to still be delivered. Personally, I remember the match that we had against Ukraine. We were two goals down and in the end, we won 3-0. I think that they'll be in the same frame of mind as we were against the Ukrainians. All the same, I hope that, in the end, we're going to qualify."

Cabaye is part of the 22-man PSG squad that will make the short flight across the Channel later on Monday, a journey Zlatan Ibrahimovic will also make despite being sidelined with a thigh injury sustained in the first-leg which means he will travel only to support his teammates.

Should they require further motivation other than helping their injured teammate continue his quest for an elusive Champions League winner's medal, the PSG squad may find it in the boost victory over Chelsea would give their bank balances.

Le Parisien reported on Monday that on top of the 100,000 euros for progressing through the group stage and the 150,000 euros they will receive for reaching the quarterfinals, Laurent Blanc's men will pocket a further 200,000 euros should they see off Chelsea and make it into the last four.

Victory in the semifinals would guarantee 250,000 euros more with an additional 300,000 euros on offer should they triumph in the final in Lisbon on May 24.


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