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Thiago Silva: We are ready to stop Diego Costa


Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva says he is determined to test himself against Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

The French giants host Jose Mourinho's side in tonight's Champions League action and the Brazilian wants to enjoy the prospect of doing battle with one of Europe's best strikers.

"Diego Costa is one of the top strikers in Europe at the moment," Silva is quoted as saying by The Mirror.

"He can play, but also he can do battle as well [but] that is no problem, that is the reason you want to play at this level, to do battle against the best players in the world.

"He is the sort of player that lets you know he is there, but we will also let him know that we are there as well."

But the Spaniard will not be the only player the PSG defence has to keep an eye on as the 30-year-old expects the likes of Oscar and Eden Hazard to also be dangerous for the visitors.

"We know that a Jose Mourinho team is going to be very organised, so we will have to be patient in our approach," Silva added.

"I don't expect them to come to Paris and be attacking but that is why it is so important we keep our focus.

"They will soak up the pressure, but they have dangerous players that can hit you on the counter attack. [Diego] Costa, Oscar, [Eden] Hazard can hurt you in a second. We must stay focused for the whole game.

"Of course Mourinho will know what quality to expect from Zlatan Ibrahimovic because they were together at Internazionale.

"I am sure there will be some sort of plan for Chelsea to stop the threat of him, but Mourinho will know that Zlatan can score goals from anything - those you cannot prepare for."

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