Good evening everyone and welcome to coverage of Chelsea’s Champions League press conference.

Guus Hiddink and Gary Cahill are set to sit down with the media at approximately 7pm UK time ahead of their Champions League tie with Paris Saint-Germain.

Chelsea trail the French giants 2-1 from the first leg at Parc des Princes but a rare John Obi Mikel away goal gives Hiddink’s men hope of making the quarter-finals.

PSG are not in great form heading into the last 16 showdown but should be considerably fresher than a Chelsea side who were frustrated by Stoke City on Saturday.

Hiddink oversaw training at Cobham this morning as John Terry missed out but Pedro, Diego Costa and Kenedy all shrugged off injuries to take part.

Stay tuned for all the latest from the Blues camp ahead of a massive night of Champions League football.

Summary from Guus and Gary

That’s it from Guus and Gary then as they head off to get some rest ahead of tomorrow’s big game.

We learned quite a bit from that press conference though, including Hiddink’s admiration for his defender’s diplomacy!

Let’s recap the key points from the news briefing...

  • Cahill says Chelsea know the importance of the Champions League
  • The England defender has pinpointed the threat of Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  • Pedro is fit to face PSG
  • Diego Costa will be checked tomorrow before a final call is made on his participation
  • Hiddink sees similarities between the two clubs and their quest to win this competition
  • The Dutch boss expects to see a different Eden Hazard tomorrow at the Bridge
Chelsea's football club Dutch manager Guus Hiddink gives a press conference
Chelsea's football club Dutch manager Guus Hiddink gives a press conference (Image: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Hazard will prove his worth against PSG

Eden Hazard was below par in Paris.

Hiddink says you shouldn’t read too much into that showing as he was still working his way back to fitness.

He said: “When he was playing in Paris, he was in that period just coming back from a severe injury.

“We are now further into game fitness and he must show tomorrow what he is capable of.

“That’s more than he showed in the away game.”

The Chelsea boss also says he is proud of the way Costa is conducting himself.

He adds: “I protect him and support him when he’s doing what I did in my period of Chelsea.”

Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates scoring his penalty
(Image: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Cahill the manager?

Hiddink was certainly impressed with the way Gary Cahill soothed tensions after the Twitter shots fired by PSG.

The Chelsea boss thinks the diplomatic answer from the Englishman shows he could have a career in the dugout.

“I was thinking in the future he [Cahill] could be a very good manager in the way he answered this question,” he says.

“I haven’t read it but I think the Gary answer is right.”

Eden Hazard and Gary Cahill in discussion during a Chelsea training session
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Pedro available

Pedro was also a doubt for this game but Hiddink says he has worked hard with the physios and he is back in the squad.

He made a good impression in training.

The Chelsea boss also says the team have practised penalties, not that they don’t normally give spot kicks a go at Cobham! He says they regularly take them in training.

Pedro celebrates scoring his team's second goal
(Image: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Fitness check for Diego Costa

It looks like there could be a late fitness test for Diego Costa.

He missed out on Saturday against Stoke.

Anxious for European glory

We heard earlier from Zlatan about how PSG are desperate to win this trophy.

The striker said the club’s owners are hunting for Champions League glory.

Hiddink can see similarities with how Chelsea fought for their first triumph in this competition.

Chelsea were anxious to win a cup once also.

PSG is in the same way because they are anxious to get one cup.

That’s what they did in the past, now they are starting to build up a team.

Not just star players but they have grown as a team.

They are on their way and I hope we can stop them a bit in their journey.

They have very experienced international players, it’s not just young kids.

Trophy boys: Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Ryan Bertrand and Ross Turnball celebrate with the trophy after winning the 2012 UEFA Champions League
(Image: Action Images / Lee Smith)

No golden rules for Hiddink

That’s all from Cahill. He’s off for some TV interviews now.

So, it’s over to Mr Hiddink.

“It’s always good to have an away goal,” he begins.

“The golden rules are not there. It’s a game between two big names in European football.

“It’s difficult to say where the golden rules are but I think it will be a clash where Europe will enjoy two adventurous teams.”

Chelsea's football club Dutch manager Guus Hiddink gives a press conference
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Cahill likes Hiddink's calm approach

Hiddink has revived Chelsea’s fortunes since taking over December.

Cahill is a big fan and he likes the way the Dutchman goes about his business.

The English defender reckons things are a lot calmer since the Jose Mourinho days.

“First and foremost he has brought his experience.

“I think he has brough a calmness and a nice atmosphere.

The pressure is on when it has to be and it is off when we need to work on the training ground.

I think you need both things for this game.”

Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill salutes the crowd
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Chelsea aware of the importance

Chelsea are fully aware of the importance of this tie.

Should they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League, this could be their last outing in the competition for some time.

They will be going all out for the win.

Don't make Costa angry

Ah, a reference to the Twitter mind games between the two clubs.

Cahill admits he doesn’t think Diego Costa needs winding up!

He says: “Everyone knows Diego doesn’t need any more motivation.

“He’s a winner and that will be a good clash.

“I’m sure you will write about that being a key battle in all of the papers.”

Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates his team's second goal
(Image: Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Doing the job for John Terry

John Terry has been ruled out of the PSG tie, meaning Cahill will partner Ivanovic in the centre of the defence.

Will he miss his old pal?

Of course, but Chelsea players will do it with our without their captain.

Cahill said: “We all know how important the game is tomorrow night for the fans, for the players, for everyone.

“We want all of our top players fit and it’s unfortunate John isn’t fit. It would be nice to go through and hopefully John will be back with us.

“Our focus is on the game tomorrow.”

Heading for the door: Duo John Terry and Eden Hazard seemed destined to leave the club

Praise for Willian

Willian has been a shining light in a season of darkness for Chelsea.

The Samba star surely been the club’s player of the campaign so far and Cahill agrees.

He says: “I think Willian has improved month after month and he’s been one of the stand-out performers this year.

“He’s an exciting player to watch and I’m sure the PSG defenders won’t relish playing against him.”

Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian
Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian (Image: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Cahill kicks us off

Gary Cahill is answering the questions first.

The Chelsea defender is asked about just how big this PSG tie is for the Blues.

Given the poor Premier League form earlier this season, it has become massive.

Cahill says: “It’s a big week for us. We said that before the first leg as well.

“Everyone knows the league situation this season and it’s a big chance for us to achieve something.”

He then moves on to a question about Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Cahill: “He’s a top player and one who can be very dangerous.

“Revenge? I don’t know, it was unfortunate for him last time but it was positive for his team in the end.”

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 16: (L-R) Pedro, Gary Cahill and Willian of Chelsea walk onto the pitch prior toduring the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on February 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Hiddink is here!

Guus Hiddink has arrived for tonight’s press conference - a little bit later than advertised!

The Chelsea manager has taken his seat in front of the assembled press inside this large room in west London.

Let the questions begin!

Expect updates on team news, although we already know John Terry has been ruled out, and plenty more ahead of the PSG tie.

A place in the quarter-finals is up for grabs!

Chelsea's football club Dutch manager Guus Hiddink arrives for a press conference
Chelsea's football club Dutch manager Guus Hiddink arrives for a press conference (Image: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Twitter rumble

Given PSG’s cheeky dig at Diego Costa earlier, is this purely a coincidence?

Chelsea appear to have responded to the jibe from the French with one of their own.

Here’s Costa banging one in against PSG on a video game - funny how they picked him to be the scorer isn’t it?

Dare to Zlatan

PSG have already been in for their press conference at Stamford Bridge this evening - here’s a flavour of what Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had to say for himself...

The Paris St Germain talisman has warned Chelsea he is better than ever ahead of a return to Stamford Bridge, but denied being eager for “revenge”.

The 34-year-old Sweden striker was sent off in the first half of last season’s second leg between the clubs, which saw PSG progress to the quarter-finals on away goals.

Ibrahimovic afterwards called Chelsea players “babies” for their role in his dismissal, believing Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers had been hounded into the decision for a challenge on Oscar which was more clumsy than malicious.

“From the last game here I never saw something like that before from mature players like that,” Ibrahimovic said.

“It’s a new game, let’s play different. I never think about revenge and these things.

“Hopefully I will stay on the pitch longer than the last time to have a possibility to do things I’m good at. (But) revenge, absolutely not. What happened in the past happened in the past.”

Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (C) celebrates after scoring a goal during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE / AFP / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Midfielder ready for war with Costa

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti is ready to go to war with Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night.

The Blues trail the French giants 2-1 from the first leg at Parc des Princes but a rare John Obi Mikel away goal gives Guus Hiddink’s men hope of making the quarter-finals.

Mikel goals are seen about as regularly as Halley’s Comet and Costa’s name is far more likely to appear on the scoresheet in west London on Wednesday evening.

Italian enforcer Verratti shares the fiery Spanish internationals will to win and expects theChelsea star to try every trick in the book to turn the Champions League tide.

“I prefer entertaining football but having a personality like Costa in your team is always good.

“He uses warfare to win the games but I know him, he’s a good guy who transforms when he comes on the pitch.”

Paris Saint-Germain's Italian midfielder Marco Verratti looks on
Paris Saint-Germain's Italian midfielder Marco Verratti looks on (Image: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

PSG enter mind games battle

PSG are no strangers to Twitter mind games and they’ve been up to their old tricks this evening.

The French side have used the social media platform to have a pop at Chelsea’s Diego Costa.

Take a look at this from PSG’s official account earlier on, I think that’s Hiddink’s team talk sorted for tomorrow...

Training at Cobham

John Terry did not train with Chelsea this morning ahead of their Champions League showdown with Paris Saint-Germain and now looks certain to miss Wednesday’s tie.

Interim manager Guus Hiddink admitted it was looking increasingly unlikely the Blues captain would win his fitness race as he battled to make the squad.

Any lingering hopes were dashed this morning as the veteran defender failed to appear as the rest of the team trotted out to perform some routines in front of the cameras.

Former Barcelona winger Pedro managed a run out at Cobham after overcoming a hamstring complaint while Kenedy also took part despite injury concerns.

Diego Costa was rested as a precaution on Saturday for the 1-1 draw with Stoke and Hiddink’s decision not to risk him looks to have been vindicated as he trained in Surrey.

Alexandre Pato, who is yet to make his debut since arriving on loan from Corinthians in January, was also presen

Here’s a look at some pictures from training earlier...

Oscar points during a Chelsea training session
Oscar points during a Chelsea training session (Image: Alex Morton/Getty Images)
Guus Hiddink manager of Chelsea in discussion with Kenedy
Guus Hiddink manager of Chelsea in discussion with Kenedy (Image: Alex Morton/Getty Images)