UEFA Champions League preview: Shakhtar, PSG look to upset recent champs


There are two potential upsets on the docket for Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League second legs, as Paris Saint-Germain and Shakhtar Donetsk attempt to make history at 3:45 pm ET.

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One would be much bigger, as PSG’s high-flying roster has as many big names as you’d like (though not as many as Wednesday’s hosts in Chelsea).

As for the other? It would be seismic.

Tournament-leading scorer Luiz Adriano has nine goals in this year’s UCL — including five in one match — and his next one could set the tone for mayhem in Germany. Shakhtar Donetsk drew Bayern Munich 0-0 in Ukraine last month, and could advance with a win or scoring draw.

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But Bayern are the 2013 champs, and no team is going to be overlooked at this stage of the competition. And Bavarians boss Pep Guardiola knows a loss would be “a major problem.” Not for Shakhtar, of course, which could lift up the spirits of war-torn Ukraine, at least for a bit.

PSG is tasked with taking down Jose Mourinho’s Blues, and the Chelsea manager is disappointed with the French side’s physical approach to their Round of 16 tie.

The Blues do have their road goal in hand, but PSG has the firepower to pull off a straight-up win at Stamford Bridge, crushing the Premier League leaders’ chance at a treble.