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Mar 26, 2014

Ba: Chelsea used to teams like PSG

Chelsea play teams like Champions League opponents Paris Saint-Germain "five or six times" in an English season, Demba Ba told RMC.

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Born just outside Paris and a boyhood PSG supporter, the 28-year-old Blues striker will return to the familiar territory of the Parc des Princes when the Premier League leaders face the French champions in the first leg of their last-eight tie on April 2.

Led by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani, PSG have swept all before them domestically, and disposed of Leverkusen handily in the last round, brushing off the Bundesliga team 6-1 on aggregate.

Ba, however, feels 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 explained. "When you play Manchester United, there's [Wayne] Rooney, [Robin] van Persie. At City, there's [Sergio] Aguero, [Alvaro] Negredo and [David] Silva. We also play Liverpool who have two great strikers in [Daniel] Sturridge and [Luis] 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 [Samuel] Eto'o and [Frank] Lampard, who are used to handling this kind of game."

Ba has been used sparingly by Mourinho this season, 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.

Blues star Eden Hazard told La Derniere Heure that 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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