Stamford Bridge Champions League

Edinson Cavani’s late strike in France had put PSG into the driver’s seat heading into the second leg of the Champions League, but Chelsea did manage to get the all important away goal.

As it stands, Chelsea will go through to the next round, should they win by a 1-0 margin.

This is indeed a tricky situation for the Blues.

How should they approach the game? What are Chelsea’s odds of progressing to the quarter-finals?

Getting an early goal is key, but will the Blues keep on putting men forward and look for more goals?

Or…Should Chelsea focus on keeping a tight defensive shape, and keep believing that a goal will come somehow within the 90 minutes?

For the sake of records Chelsea haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last seven games in all competitions.

Both the teams are in a great form right now. The 2-1 defeat to PSG was the only loss Chelsea had suffered since Guus Hiddink took over the managerial reign on a temporary basis replacing Jose Mourinho.

PSG, on the other hand, are top of the French League table and should win the title by a canter, having taken a massive 23 points lead over second placed Monaco.

The league is as good as sealed. It is the Champions League the Parisiens are more serious about this time around.

Brazilian attacking midfielder, Lucas Moura, said ahead of the match:

“Yes, I believe in my team. I think that we’re capable of going very far and why not win the Champions League? We have the quality to allow that to happen. Each season that goes by, I think we’re becoming stronger.”

Chelsea midfielder Willian has said that it is the biggest game of the season for the Blues, and the team is charged up to end the season on a high.

“It’s the biggest game of the season. We know that. We have to show our quality in the game. It will be difficult for us, but I think we can win. We have great quality, they have as well,” he said.

“Games like this are 50/50. They can win, we can win, but on Wednesday from the beginning we have to show them what we want. We know they want the ball and to keep possession but we have to put them under pressure and press. We are more confident because we play at home. I think we can do that. It will be difficult but we can qualify.”

Team News

Chelsea were already the underdogs going into the two-leg tie with PSG, and injuries could make things worse for them in the return leg, although past performances suggest that Chelsea are more than capable of lifting their game in tough times.

Chelsea are likely to be without their injured skipper John Terry for this massive game. The 35-year-old was absent during the training as Chelsea warmed up for their biggest game of the season.

Likewise, Diego Costa and Kenedy were not in the squad that drew 1-1 against Stoke City on Saturday. Hiddink however is confident that Costa can shrug off his tendon injury to lead the attacking line against the French champions.

Laurent Blanc rested some of his key players against Montpellier during the weekend. The likes of David Luiz, Thiago Motta, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were all rested, and they all are in contention to start on Wednesday night.

Possible Lineups

Possible Chelsea starting lineup: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Baba Rahman; Mikel, Fabregas; Hazard, Willian, Pedro; Diego Costa

Possible PSG starting lineup: Trapp; Marquinhos, Silva, Luiz, Maxwell; Motta, Verratti, Pastore; Di Maria, Ibrahimovic, Lucas Moura

Key Stats

1 – Chelsea have lost just once in their last 17 games in all competitions

1 – PSG have lost once in their last 27 games in all competitions

3 – PSG have won their last three matches in the Champions League

Prediction: Chelsea 3-1 PSG

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