CHELSEA v PSG: Champions League Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Wednesday 11 March, 2015
Kick-off: 19:45 GMT

After celebrating 110 years yesterday, tonight Chelsea will be looking to celebrate a place in the quarter finals of the Champions League if we can get past PSG at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea come into tonight’s tie top of the Premier League and unbeaten in their last 8 games in all competitions. PSG are second in Ligue 1 and come into the game off the back of a 4-1 win over Lens at the weekend.
After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, a clean sheet would do us tonight although PSG have got goals in them so David Luiz might be disappointed if he’s hoping for a glimpse of any buses at Stamford Bridge.

MANAGERS’ VIEWS
Going into tonight’s game, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says of our last meeting “I was surprised in that game. I was surprised. Because a team with fantastic players was the team with a record number of fouls, was the team making foul after foul, was the team which stopped Hazard with fouls all the time, was the team attacking the man in possession of the ball with two or three players with some very aggressive actions, a team where – even a player like Zlatan [Ibrahimovic], a typical attacking player – came back when they lost the ball and attacked Hazard from behind when we were countering.
I thought an English team would never be surprised by aggression, because aggression we have in our country. This season we’ve played against sides from the Championship in the cups, against teams from League One, and Shrewsbury from League Two, but the most aggressive team was PSG. For me, that was a real surprise. With players of such quality, I was expecting more football and less aggression.”

PSG boss Laurent Blanc meanwhile, says “We know that Diego Costa is a very good player and he’s someone who’s changed clubs. He’s changed mentalities. He’s very suited to the English game because he’s someone who likes going in for the challenge and he’s someone who likes contact. He’s someone who provokes opposition players – that’s a part of his game. I think he needs that and I think he thrives off that. The most important thing is not to get caught up in the way he plays. He really needs that to bring out the best in his performances.
I watched the game against Tottenham, the League Cup final, and right from the first move he was looking to do that and so tomorrow night the centre-backs who are playing around need to make sure they’re effective in stopping him. He’s very good physically and technically. He’s someone who scores goals. We need to stay calm and not get caught up in his game. We’re away from home too so we need to be as effective as possible in stopping him.
It’s up to us to try to take some risks, but not lose our heads and take unnecessary risks. Paris St Germain need to stand up and be counted. We also need to stay in the game. That’s the difficulty. Yes, we need to attack, yes, we need to create chances, but we also need to stay solid.
Chelsea have a slight advantage, because they were able to score an away goal. It’s up to us to try to do what Chelsea did in Paris. One of Chelsea’s main threats is the fact they’re very good on the counter attack, so I don’t think we should go gung ho. We have to attack and we need to score a goal, regardless of whether Chelsea get one or not. I hope we do better than Chelsea did in the first leg. Chelsea created only one chance and they scored from that. I hope we create more than one chance.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Chelsea, John Obi Mikel (knee) misses out and Nemanja Matic (ankle) is doubtful. Ivanovic, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis are all one booking away from a suspension.
For PSG, Lucas Moura (groin) and Serge Aurier (hamstring) are injured, although Yohan Cabaye (thigh) is available. Marco Verratti and Gregory van der Wiel are a yellow away from suspension.

TEAMS
CHELSEA (Possible lineup): Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Zouma, Ramires, Fabregas, Oscar, Hazard; Costa
PSG (Possible lineup): Sirigu; Van der Wiel, Camara, David Luiz, Maxwell; Verratti, Matuidi, Thiago Silva, Rabiot; Ibrahimovic, Cavani

LAST MEETING
PSG 1-1 Chelsea (17 February 2015)

RECENT FORM (CL)
Chelsea: WWDWWD
PSG: WWWWLD

PREDICTION
It’s honours even going into tonight’s game and it took a very late goal to get through against PSG last time. Expect a tense tie

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