It’s EL CASHICO! Haha, look at that. We’re fantastic, no one’s ever used that joke before, well done us!
PSG and Chelsea are going head to head for the third year in a row. Their last two (or four) meetings have seen one victory each. In 2014, Chelsea came back from a 3-1 first leg defect to go through on away goals, while last year the reverse happened, the Parisians scored six minutes from the end of extra time to eliminate Jose Mourinho.
Now, since that game a lot has changed at both clubs. Mourinho’s gone, PSG are back to their dominating best, with Angel Di Maria starring. Meanwhile, Memphis Depay sobs at the though of going to Denmark and then Shrewsbury. Zlatan is back being Zlatan (27 goals in 32 apps) and Diego Costa has only managed to enhance his bastardness.
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The funny thing is, not a lot of people see either of these sides as genuine contenders to the likes of Madrid or Barcelona. Chelsea’s league form dictates that, but PSG are 25 points clear after 26 games. One problem. They haven’t got past the quarter finals of the Champions League. Ever. They’re slowly turning into a Celtic/Man City hybrid. A team that dominates their league, but are shite in Europe.
After starting shockingly, Chelsea have found a little bit of form, demolishing Newcastle at the weekend. PSG were comfortable winners over Caen, Di Maria netting twice and Ibra getting the other. The London side only have one fit centre back though, John Terry injuring his hamstring after getting off his sun lounger to chase Alexander Mitrovic.
Can a weakened defence deal with one of the paciest attacks in Europe? I fear for them from set pieces. It was Thiago Silva who got that goal at the Bridge last year to eliminate Chelsea, and a wincast with him at is tempting. As is a repeat of the scoreline from the Parc Des Princes two years ago – 3-1 to PSG is. Di Maria is the one to back anytime at. There’s a sense that if the home side open the scoring, they’ll get another so over 2.5 goals at should be looked at.
You just never know with Chelsea though. Their odds of are perhaps a little harsh on a team that’s won 10 of their 12 last sixteen ties. Costa has stopped fighting with his shadow, and will relish the inevitable dog fight with Silva. Athe could be the one to open the scoring. If it wasn’t for Willian, Chelsea would be in the bottom three. He likes scoring in Europe, so atanytime he’s value.
One thing is for sure. Chelsea’s ”team of Zorros” will need more than a sword to get out of France unscathed.