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The Blues lost 2-1 to PSG on the night to crashed out 4-2 on aggregate and lose to Les Parisiens for the second-straight season at this stage of the competition.
Guus Hiddink’s side put in a spirited display for the opening hour of this clash at Stamford Bridge but it all changed around the hour mark following Costa’s injury and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s crucial second goal.
Costa — who now has 11 goals and six assists in his last 15 games — scored the opener and was a constant thorn in PSG’s side until he appeared to re-injure his right Achilles, the injury which kept him out of Chelsea’s draw with Stoke City at the weekend.
“In the 67th minute it all changed,” Hiddink said after the game. “We had a good chance to score, then Diego Costa was injured. We knew he was not totally fit but he desperately wanted to play and scored a beautiful goal.”
Hiddink added that Costa will be assessed on Thursday, and mentioned that Hazard was also struggling with a knock when he came off.
As for Hazard, the Belgian winger put in another improved display but his end product was missing once again, and he signaled to be subbed off late in the game with Chelsea 2-1 down and heading out of the UCL with a whimper.
Did the winger simply not fancy seeing out the final few minutes on the pitch as Chelsea crashed out of the UCL? Perhaps that’s too cynical, but something which will be questioned is exactly why he swapped shirts with Angel di Maria at half time with the scores locked at 1-1 in Chelsea’s biggest game of the season.
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It remains to be seen how long the duo will be out for but with Chelsea’s key FA Cup quarterfinal at Everton coming up on Saturday, losing those two would be a big blow for Hiddink and put a dent in their hopes of securing their last remaining hope of silverware this season.