Despite the fact that Chelsea has had its fair share of struggles in this year’s UEFA Champions League, the English side has managed to sneak into the quarterfinals round.
Chelsea wasn’t as dominant as expected in their group stage against Schalke 04 and FC Basel, but managed to advance. After getting past the challenge of Galatasaray in the Round of 16 with more troubles than expected, The Blues are one of the top eight teams in Europe this year, but they will have their toughest opponent in this round against Paris Saint-Germain.
The French side has dominated the Ligue 1 with no issues, and they have also looked confident at the European level. After surpassing Bayer Leverkusen with ease in the Round of 16 – including a 0-4 win away from France – the side led by Zlatan Ibrahimovic can be considered a serious title contender this year. Therefore, Chelsea will need to be at their best if they want to advance to the next round.
Player by player things are quite similar, but there’s no doubt that PSG works better as a team. One of Laurent Blanc’s strengths as a manager is his ability to put up strong teams that work wonderfully as a unit, and Les Parisiens aren’t the exception to the rule. Throw in their defensive ability with Thiago Silva and Marquinhos, and their dangerous attack with Zlatan, Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi, and they have all the looks of a title contender.
Chelsea has a card under their sleeve in Jose Mourinho though. The ‘Special One’ prepares important games like no one else in the business, and he will have to motivate their players to have a strong outing against PSG, considering the fact that the first leg will be played in Paris.
Getting a positive result away from home is the only way Chelsea will have a chance to make it into the semifinals.