The Frenchman believes his countrymen are “programmed” for success in Europe’s elite competition having knocked out Chelsea on Wednesday

Paris Saint-Germain should be seen as serious contenders to win the Champions League, according to Uefa president Michel Platini.

The Parc des Princes side dramatically advanced to the quarter-final stages of the competition on Wednesday as they defeated Chelsea on the away goals rule after the tie ended 3-3 on aggregate.

The success of the Parisian side was particularly notable due to the fact they played much of the second leg, which ended 2-2 at Stamford Bridge, with only 10 men after Zlatan Ibrahimovic was dismissed in the opening period.

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Plantini, a French footballing legend who led the national team to Euro 1984 success, believes that the victory shows that PSG have matured into a side to be feared.

“Les Parisiens showed that they are a team that is ready to win the competition,” he told the media. “They are programmed to do so.”

Despite some criticism over the fragmented pattern of the game, Platini was pleased with what he witnessed at Stamford Bridge.

“I saw a good show, a very good game and very good players,” he said. “I’m not surprised PSG beat Chelsea, even with 10 against 11. They had nothing to lose. It was quite an exploit that they accomplished.”

PSG are through to the quarter-finals for the third year running but have been eliminated by Barcelona and Chelsea on their last two visits to this stage of the competition – on both occasions by away goals.

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