Chelsea vs PSG Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man + Predicted Score

By on April 8, 2014

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Chelsea welcome Paris Saint-Germain to Stamford Bridge tonight for the crucial second leg of their Champions League quarter final clash.

The Blues will have to overturn a 3-1 first leg deficit to reach the last four after a late Javier Pastore strike put PSG in control heading into tonight’s decisive return leg.

The third goal was a huge blow to Chelsea but they will still be quietly confident of turning things around on home soil, as they boast a formidable record at the Bridge both domestically and in European competition.

Jose Mourinho has openly admitted he expects his side to progress this evening but an away goal would leave the west Londoners needing to score three to force extra time, so keeping the visitors out will be vital.

That could be difficult as the Ligue 1 champions have scored in 17 of their last 19 European games and have a wealth of attacking talent on offer to coach Laurent Blanc, even with star striker  Zlatan Ibrahimovic unavailable.

PSG won their last eleven consecutive games to wrap up the defence of their Ligue 1 title, so will be confident of finishing the job in Europe tonight to reach their first Champions League semi final since 1995.

Team News

Chelsea are ready to risk striker Samuel Eto’o despite the Cameroonian not being 100% fit following a hamstring injury that’s kept him out of their last three fixtures.

Fernando Torres has struggled to make an impact in recent weeks and was left out in the first leg in favour of Andre Shurrle, so the Spaniard is likely to be among the subs again this evening.

Ramires is suspended so Frank Lampard could start in midfield alongside David Luiz, who’s expected to deputise for the ineligible Nemanja Matic. Mohamed Salah will also be unavailable having previously played for FC Basel but youngster Marco van Ginkel might make the bench after recovering from a serious knee injury.

PSG will have to make do without key striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after he limped out of the first leg with a hamstring problem last week. Edinson Cavani is expected to fill in up front with Lucas Moura likely to come in on the right.

Full-back Gregory van der Wiel is pushing for a recall after making his return to the first team at the weekend following a lengthy injury absence, but Blanc may decide this is too big a game to risk him in just yet.

Likely Line-Ups

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Key Man

Eden Hazard: Chelsea are going to need to score at least twice to have a chance of progressing tonight so Mourinho will be looking to his Belgian super-star for some inspiration in the final third.

Predicted Score

Chelsea 2-0 PSG: Despite PSG’s attacking prowess, if there is one manager who will be able to master-mind a comeback such as this, it’s Mourinho. I can see him being able to shut-out the visitors attack and picking them off on the break or at set-pieces to claim a famous victory on the away goals rule.

What team would like you to see Mourinho select and what’s your predicted score? Share your views below.

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30 Comments

  1. Omolade Fatiu

    April 8, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I wish Chelsea τ̲̅ø̲̣̣ qualify for the semi-final, wish them good luck

  2. matwell

    April 8, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I wish chelsea all the best luck

  3. oscar

    April 8, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Cech.ivanovic terry cahill azplicueta..mikel lampard.. Hazard oscar willian.. ETO O

  4. oscar

    April 8, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Cech ivanovic terry cahill azplicueta..Mikel Lampard..Hazard willian Oscar Etoo

  5. dtbello

    April 8, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I will like to see Chelsea progress into the next round Chelsea 3-0 PSG

  6. mike

    April 8, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Cech,
    cahill,ivan, apli,cole
    ,mikel,luiz,
    hazard,shu,willain and Eto

  7. thaddeus t t

    April 8, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    My prayers are for chelsea to wine at least 2:0 so as i ll feel ok.

  8. pavuun simeon

    April 8, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Go win ur match chels

  9. valentino

    April 8, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Chelsea moves on to next level.goodluck guys.

  10. Kase Chris

    April 8, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    No mata wht d team Mourinoh is goin 2 parade Mikel shd be used.Wishin Chelsea bst of luck.

  11. infinity deejay

    April 8, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I wish chealse best of luck to qualify they need a @least a goal in first half.
    So jose shld nt bother to use torress

  12. abiodun

    April 8, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I will love to see Cech,Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpi, Mikel, Lampard,Oscar, William, Hazard Ba. Reserve: Eto’o, Torres,Mark,Ginkel,Luiz, Schurrle and Cole.

  13. clement boakye

    April 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I pray that as we did to Napoli some seasons ago in the champs league,we will be able to do the same tonight…to move to the semi-finals.

  14. clement boakye

    April 8, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Go Chelsea…….Go THE BLUES….To tHe SeMi-FiNaLs…

  15. demmama

    April 8, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Cech, iva, terry, cahil, azpil,mikel,lampard,william,oscar,hazard,eto’o ,,, chelsea go an win IJN

  16. Awhana promise

    April 8, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Chelsea 2 psg 0 an i want to see mikel 2night

  17. oluwaSeun

    April 8, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    CHELSEA WILL DISGRACE PSG,CHELSEA3-0PSG

  18. rich otone

    April 8, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Blues must win tonight.Score 3 zero

  19. beecroft1

    April 8, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Chelsea will progress to next round by beating dem 2-0,4get all wot pple ar saying..
    with this formation
    Cech,Ivanovic,Cahill,Terry,Azpillicueta,
    Leopard,Mikel,
    Hazard,Oscar,Willian,
    Eto’o
    Victory is sure…….

  20. Oladeji Juwon

    April 8, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Cech ivanovic terry cahill azplicueta..Mikel
    Lampard..Hazard willian Oscar Etoo
    CHELSEA 3 vs 0 PSG

  21. atanda wasiu

    April 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    God will help chelsea to win to nith.

  22. walex

    April 8, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Sure cheseal we wil win 3-0…….up blue

  23. Stephen utser

    April 8, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Chelsea 4 -0 PSG

  24. Asoromaye

    April 8, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Chelsea wl qualify

  25. Asoromaye

    April 8, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Chelsea wl qualify but shld use Mikel

  26. onakoya abdulqudus

    April 8, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    i wish them good delivery.

  27. Hazard

    April 8, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Chelsea wil win by 3-0 by de God grace

  28. Hazard

    April 8, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I like 2 see line-ups, Cech, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Mikel, Lampard, Oscar, Willian, Hazard & Eto’o

  29. Lika nnr

    April 8, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Hard way is the only way, lose up blue

  30. ALOBA

    April 8, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    God has done it for us.BLUES TILL I DIE.

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