"The best way to prepare for the Champions League, is to win. To prepare for Chelsea, we need to beat Nice. We need to be mentally strong, psychologically strong and physically strong, it's the best way to approach newt week's big game. I hope the players that start against Nice will bear that in mind."

"Thiago Silva is fine, it's up to him to decide if he wants to play with or without a mask. If he decides to play with a mask, we have to ask UEFA for permission to wear it against Chelsea. Concerning Gregory (Van der Wiel), I will wait until the very last minute to decide whether or not he plays against Nice on Friday. I don't know if he will be available for the tie against Chelsea."

"Zlatan is out number one goal scorer, you just have to look at the statistics to see how important he is. I hope he will continue to score in the important matches we have coming up. I don't see any reason why that won't be the case. It's important to be able to count on such an influential player, because the opposition is worried about him. He is perhaps enjoying the best season in his career."

"We mustn't underestimate Chelsea. But like I have already said, they are no stronger or weaker than when the draw came out. They are a great side and they proved it last week with that big win over Arsenal (6-0)."

"He's very clever and very professional. I have a lot of respect for him. He's a great coach who has won nearly everything. I know him very well because he was on Bobby Robson's coaching staff when I played for Barcelona. I know he will prepare well for this match with us because he is a very professional coach."

"We haven't won anything yet, but for the moment, everything is going well because the results are coming. But we have to keep our form up and win the upcoming matches. The next two months will be without doubt the most important of the season."