Cesar Azpilicueta is aiming to make it a double celebration this week having become a father for the first time on Monday.
The 24-year-old full-back is in France to help Chelsea attempt to make a good start in our Champions League quarter-final tie against Paris Saint-Germain, and took part in Tuesday’s pre-match media conference at Parc des Princes.
However before the Spaniard spoke, Jose Mourinho alongside broke the news of the baby’s birth to applause.
‘It is a daughter called Martina,’ Azpilicueta then reported.
‘Yesterday was a beautiful day for me but now I know they are okay I come here with my head clear to train today and play tomorrow, and to go back with a good result and everyone will be happy.’
What will not be on Azpilicueta’s mind is his return to play PSG as a former player of their big rivals Marseille, as Didier Drogba did so memorably in 2004 in the Champions League group stage, scoring twice as Chelsea won 3-0 in the same stadium.
‘The past remains the past and although there is a strong rivalry between the two clubs, now I am a Chelsea player and the objective is to qualify for the semi-final,’ said Azpilicueta.
‘PSG are a very good team and they have very good strikers.
‘I have faced already very good strikers but I know Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the biggest and best in the world and is a reference for the team.
‘They also have very good midfielders and defenders, they have a very complete team, but we will try to do our best.’