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Published: 10:40 | 21/12/15

Thiago Silva backs PSG to progress

PSG captain Thiago Silva believes that the lack of a winter break in England might just cost Chelsea when the two sides meet in the Champions League round of 16.

Chelsea face four matches between now and the end of the year, while the French side have just two games left to play before enjoying a two-week break and Silva feels that could prove crucial when the sides meet in February and March.

"Chelsea are playing at Christmas and new year and that must be a great effort for them, a very difficult moment both mentally and physically," he said.

"When it comes to the crucial moments of the season, the knockout stages of the Champions League and the end of the local leagues, they are more tired because they didn't have a winter break.

"I hope we can take advantage of this situation, but in the Champions League you never know what is going to happen."

It is the third time in three seasons that the sides have been drawn together, with one victory apiece so far. However, PSG knocked Chelsea out of the tournament at the same stage last year, but Silva insists that it won't be about revenge for either side when they meet again.

"I don't know whose revenge it. Theirs or ours. Looking at last season, it's theirs. But I believe there's no such thing as revenge," he added.

"Both are great clubs and they have great ambitions. The rivalry is something that stays outside the pitch, it's more about the fans.

"We have great players to play a great match against Chelsea."

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