Chelsea welcomes Paris Saint Germaine to the Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night in the UEFA champions league second leg tie after ending the first leg in France 1-1.
The Jose Mourinho-led side were responsible for sending the Laurent Blanc side out of the comperirion last season, and will be hoping they could repeat the feat tonight in London.
The London club have enjoyed tremendous success in their last couple of game; winning the Capital One Cup on March 1 as well as displacing West Ham United four days later, and still tops the English Premier League with five points.
Meanwhile, except for Nigeria’s Mike Obi who has been out injured, the Blues have all their players intact and the coach has vowed to beat them.
On the other hand, PSG if they get their tactics right, they should be able to mount pressure on Chelsea, so much that they should also be able to get one or two away goals to give them leverage in case Chelsea scores multiple goals.
PSG under coach Laurent Blanc have not gone beyond the quarter finals of the championship, and will be hoping to stay beyond the second round.
We will try to win. When you are losing 3-1 from the first leg you are on the limit of risk. If you concede one goal you are in big trouble. You know you have to score a minimum of three. Tomorrow is different. The result has a complete balance, but we are trying to win.
It’s one more game, in spite of being a knockout game and the second leg, so you’re calm. But during the game the players play. You are speaking about teams with very good players, some of them very comfortable playing at this level. I think it’s more about them.
Champions League, in the knockouts, you need a bit of luck in the details in specific moments. To score a goal in the last minute, even if you do a lot to try to be lucky, it’s a lucky detail.
Laurent Blanc, Paris coach
[Victory] would change our perception in France, but also across Europe and maybe with you guys, the press. But we still need to do that. It’s easy to talk about, but harder to go out and do it. We’re halfway through a two-legged tie. Chelsea have a slight advantage with the away goal, so our aim is to do what Chelsea did in Paris and get through. We’ll prepare well. We know what we will be going to do. Chelsea have to work out a balance between attacking and defending. That’s their problem. But we know we have to score at least one goal to qualify.
Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanović, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matić, Willian, Fàbregas, Hazard; Costa.
Paris: Sirigu; Maxwell, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Van der Wiel; David Luiz, Thiago Motta, Verratti, Matuidi; Cavani, Ibrahimović.