CHELSEA v PSG: Champions League Preview


Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Tuesday, 8 April
Kick-off: 19:45 BST

After a convincing win against Stoke in the Premier League, tonight sees the return of the Champions League and a visit from PSG in the quarter final second leg.
Going into this game 3-1 down from the first leg obviously isn’t the best starting point for us even if it isn’t the first time we’ve found ourselves in this position. This time though, there isn’t a Didier Drogba to help us out of it so we’ll have to hope Samuel Eto’o has his shooting boots on.

MANAGER’S VIEWS
In spite of the mountain to climb tonight, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists “Now is the moment to say clearly that the Champions League is not over, far from it. If a player doesn’t believe it’s not over, it is better they stay at home next week. If any supporter thinks it is not possible, it is better to stay at home and watch on TV the match between Dortmund and Real Madrid.
The first thing is not to give Paris goals on a plate. The second thing is to score the chances that we make. What can help us to go in that direction is the feeling of enjoying the situation, the feeling of let’s go, let’s play, and let’s enjoy, and see what happens.”

A more confident PSG manager Laurent Blanc though, warns ”We are leading after the first leg, so we have to be the favourites. But we’ve not come here to let Chelsea dominate us and make us suffer. Our best approach is to create chances. We don’t want them dictating the game. If you have seen, us, though, you will know our philosophy is that we like to keep the ball and pose problems. But if we want to be a top European side we have to be able to put this into practice away as well as at home. We believe in certain things. Taking the game to the opposition is the best way to win trophies.
I think we’ll have some issues in the first 20 minutes, when they’ll be very aggressive and try and score, so we’ll have to be calm and counter-act Chelsea’s play. But we will try and impose our philosophy as often as we can, and it would be wonderful to progress playing this way.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Chelsea, Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah are both ineligible, whilst Ramires is suspended. Samuel Eto’o (hamstring) could be available after training yesterday and Andre Schurrle should also be available despite coming off injured against Stoke at the weekend. John Mikel Obi could get a look in despite missing the Stoke game through injury. Marco van Ginkel could get a seat on the bench after his long spell out with a knee injury.
For PSG, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (thigh) misses out with the injury sustained last week, Edinson Cavani is expected to deputise at centre-forward, with Lucas Moura coming into the team on the right wing.

TEAMS
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Cech (GK); Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Luiz, Lampard; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Eto’o
PSG (Possible line-up): Sirigu (GK); Wiel, Alex, Silva, Maxwell; Verratti, Motta, Matuidi; Moura, Cavani, Lavezzi

LAST MEETING
PSG 3-1 Chelsea (2nd April 2014)

PREDICTION
I don’t really know what to say about this one. Whilst my head tells me we’ve been here before and done it (after all, we only need a couple of goals), my heart is preparing for it’s latest fracture in the absence of a hefty Ivorian up front.

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