Chelsea vs. Paris Saint-Germain. England’s capital city vs. France’s capital. Extremely wealthy owners on each side. Zlatan Ibrahimovic vs. Diego Costa…
The list could go on and on. Chelsea vs. PSG is going to be a cracker in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, just like it was at the quarterfinal stage last season.
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A late goal from Demba Ba gave Chelsea the 2-0 win they needed in the second leg to advance over PSG, after Les Parisiens had prevailed 3-1 in the Parc des Princes in the first leg. Both games had intensity, passion and huge amounts of talent on show as Jose Mourinho raced down the sidelines at Stamford Bridge to celebrate with his players when Ba got the decisive goal in stoppage time.
That night in west London has lived long in the memory of PSG’s players as Laurent Blanc’s men seek revenge.
“Chelsea have already won the Champions League and are top of their league,” said PSG’s Brazilian defender Marcelinho. “They will give everything to earn progression. Last year’s elimination was painful. We will build on that to avoid repeating the same mistakes.”
As for Chelsea, before the draw was made Mourinho somewhat flippantly said he hoped Chelsea would face PSG because of the travel logistics for fans and his team but should he really be delighted to be facing the reigning Champions of France who possess the like of Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and former Chelsea man David Luiz?
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It was certainly the one of the toughest draws the Blues could have got and this last 16 clash has the makings of a classic encounter as fans will stream across the English Channel for both games to create an incredibly special atmosphere.
On the pitch, Chelsea have improved massively from the side who beat PSG on away goals in last season’s UCL quarters, while PSG have lost back-to-back games and are limping through the Ligue 1 season. All of that will go out of the window in late February and early March as Les Parisiens look to make amends and taste the sweetness of revenge by knocking Chelsea out of the Champions League.