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PSG vs Chelsea 1st leg, in depth preview, prediction , update.
Marcus2011 5 years ago Edited
Chelsea FC, England 276 6363

Chelsea
will be heading into their UEFA Champions League second round tie with a
lot more confidence after this weekend than when the draw was made back in
December.The Blues had the weekend off to recover from Wednesday’s
89th-minute win over Everton at Stamford Bridge, whilst the FA Cup fifth round
took place.On Saturday evening, nine-man Paris Saint-Germain blew a late 2-0
lead to draw at home to Caen as Laurent Blanc’s side suffered four injuries.

Team News**Paris
Saint-Germain**

Yohan Cabaye, Marquinhos, Serge Aurier and Lucas Moura all limped off at the weekend,
although only Lucas is a regular in Blanc’s first team. Marquinhos has started
14 of PSG’s 25 Ligue 1 fixtures this season but only three in the Champions League, with David Luiz and Thiago Luiz the preferred option.Javier Pastore is also out injured for the defending French
champions.

Chelsea JoséMourinho’s side were late winners when these two met in the quarter-final last
season. His squad has been greatly improved this season and are currently seven
points clear at the top of the Premier League.Paris Saint-Germain dominated the French league last season but
head into Tuesday’s fixture in third position despite spending £50 million on
David Luiz from over the summer and not losing any key players.

The Portuguese manager only has John Obi Mikel ruled out, although
Oscar is a doubt, as Chelsea head into the first leg with a much healthier
squad.

Predicted Lineups

Lucas Moura would be a big loss for the hosts if he is not passed fit. However, the attacking trio they have in his place aren’t too shabby. Zlatan Ibrahimović has proven himself at the highest level over the years, Edinson Cavani is a top player and Ezequiel Lavezzi is targeted by a number of top teams as he is often a backup in Paris. They all know where they back of the net is. Laurent Blanc’s side play a 4-3-3 with three central midfielders. Blaise Matuidi offers a bundle of energy, Marco Verratti is a talent but very rarely involved in the goals and does give a few cheap fouls away in his own half. Thiago Motta is a talented and experienced protector of the back four. Mourinho will probably see David Luiz as a big vulnerability in the Paris Saint-Germain team and knows his game well. Gregory van der Wiel has not been in the best of form of late. He’s tasked with facing Eden Hazard.

Petr Čech started midweek as Thibaut Courtois has made a couple of errors of late. Mourinho did say he wanted
Čech’s experience to face Everton but we think he’ll retain his place for this
match. We’re going with the experienced Gary Cahill to start ahead of Kurt
Zouma too. Ramires to play alongside Nemanja Matić to protect the back
four whilst Cesc Fàbregas plays with the three attacking midfielders behind
Diego Costa.

**Key Matchups

Eden Hazard vs Gregory van der Wiel**

The Chelsea star is in a good place to put in a man of the match performance.
We’re assuming Serge Aurier doesn’t recover from his injury at the weekend and
that Gregory van der Wiel goes back into the starting XI. The Dutch right-back
has been a good player over the years but cannot be expected to be the big
attacking threat he has previously been whilst having the duties of keeping
Eden Hazard quiet. He’s also out of form of late so Hazard may tear him apart
at the Parc des Princes.

Diego Costa vs David Luiz

Few were in praise of David Luiz when he left Chelsea in the summer. Many
considered the Brazilian a liability for the Blues in the most competitive
football division in world football. Diego Costa hasn’t played for a few weeks
following his three-match ban. The Spanish striker is fully fit and his
movement should see him find space from the former Chelsea defender in the
middle of PSG’s defence with Luiz not being the best marker. Luiz is also poor
at marking from set pieces which is another area for Chelsea to take advantage
of.

Midfield vs. midfield - The midfield battle is always important to every match, but the dynamic of these two going head to head is fairly fascinating. On PSG's side, you've got three midfielders who, as a group, are stronger in defense than attack, but are certainly no slouch going forward, especially with Marco Verratti pinging passes around. For Chelsea, you've got the opposite - a bias towards attack, but plenty of ability when the Blues are out of possession, with Nemanja Matic in particular capable of stopping anything that comes near him. Any advantages one midfield get over the other in this match will be of the slimmest of margins, but will prove huge for the outcome.

Zlatan Ibrahimović vs Gary Cahill

Zlatan Ibrahimović’s record against English side‘s in
the Champions League is quite shabby with only three goals in 16 appearances,
and all of those goals coming against Arsenal. He only got 68 minutes over the
two legs last season due to injury. His threat shouldn’t be ignored as the
Swede provides moments of magic and goals out of nowhere. He should have decent
supply in this match, mainly from the wings.

Edinson Cavani vs Branislav Ivanovic - This might just be the single most intriguing one-on-one matchup on the pitch. Ivanovic has been an excellent fullback for Chelsea for some time now, but even in the Premier League it's rare for him to face a winger with even a modicum of the athleticism and power that Cavani possesses. Ivanovic is used to being able to overpower his opponents, but that won't be an option here. Cavani's going to do a lot of moving around as opposed to staying on the left, and if Ivanovic has one weakness, it's dealing with diagonal balls towards his marker.

Prediction:
Paris Saint-Germain 1-2 Chelsea

Neither side have been at their best in 2015 but we’re leaning towards Chelsea
to take a big advantage back with them to Stamford Bridge. Expecting José
Mourinho to have a game plan for his side to get the better of both David Luiz
and Gregory van der Wiel in particular , as well as set pieces. PSG haven’t
been convincing in their own league of late and should Lucas Moura not be fit
it’s a massive loss in creativity.

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Chelsea
will be heading into their UEFA Champions League second round tie with a
lot more confidence after this weekend than when the draw was made back in
December.

The Blues had the weekend off to recover from Wednesday’s
89th-minute win over Everton at Stamford Bridge, whilst the FA Cup fifth round
took place.

On Saturday evening, nine-man Paris Saint-Germain blew a late 2-0
lead to draw at home to Caen as Laurent Blanc’s side suffered four injuries.

Team News

Paris
Saint-Germain

Yohan
Cabaye, Marquinhos, Serge Aurier and Lucas Moura all limped off at the weekend,
although only Lucas is a regular in Blanc’s first team. Marquinhos has started
14 of PSG’s 25 Ligue 1 fixtures this season but only
three in the Champions League, with David Luiz and Thiago Luiz the preferred
option.

Javier Pastore is also out injured for the defending French
champions.

Chelsea

José
Mourinho’s side were late winners when these two met in the quarter-final last
season. His squad has been greatly improved this season and are currently seven
points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Paris Saint-Germain dominated the French league last season but
head into Tuesday’s fixture in third position despite spending £50 million on
David Luiz from over the summer and not losing any key players.

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The Portuguese manager only has John Obi Mikel ruled out, although
Oscar is a doubt, as Chelsea head into the first leg with a much healthier
squad.

Predicted Lineups

Lucas Moura would be a big loss for the hosts if he is not passed fit. However, the attacking trio they have in his place aren’t too shabby. Zlatan Ibrahimović has proven himself at the highest level over the years, Edinson Cavani is a top player and Ezequiel Lavezzi is targeted by a number of top teams as he is often a backup in Paris. They all know where they back of the net is. Laurent Blanc’s side play a 4-3-3 with three central midfielders. Blaise Matuidi offers a bundle of energy, Marco Verratti is a talent but very rarely involved in the goals and does give a few cheap fouls away in his own half. Thiago Motta is a talented and experienced protector of the back four. Mourinho will probably see David Luiz as a big vulnerability in the Paris Saint-Germain team and knows his game well. Gregory van der Wiel has not been in the best of form of late. He’s tasked with facing Eden Hazard.

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Petr Čech started midweek as Thibaut
Courtois has made a couple of errors of late. Mourinho did say he wanted
Čech’s experience to face Everton but we think he’ll retain his place for this
match. We’re going with the experienced Gary Cahill to start ahead of Kurt
Zouma too. Ramires to play alongside Nemanja Matić to protect the back
four whilst Cesc Fàbregas plays with the three attacking midfielders behind
Diego Costa.

Key Matchups

Eden Hazard vs Gregory van der Wiel

The Chelsea star is in a good place to put in a man of the match performance.
We’re assuming Serge Aurier doesn’t recover from his injury at the weekend and
that Gregory van der Wiel goes back into the starting XI. The Dutch right-back
has been a good player over the years but cannot be expected to be the big
attacking threat he has previously been whilst having the duties of keeping
Eden Hazard quiet. He’s also out of form of late so Hazard may tear him apart
at the Parc des Princes.

Diego Costa vs David Luiz

Few were in praise of David Luiz when he left Chelsea in the summer. Many
considered the Brazilian a liability for the Blues in the most competitive
football division in world football. Diego Costa hasn’t played for a few weeks
following his three-match ban. The Spanish striker is fully fit and his
movement should see him find space from the former Chelsea defender in the
middle of PSG’s defence with Luiz not being the best marker. Luiz is also poor
at marking from set pieces which is another area for Chelsea to take advantage
of.

Midfield vs. midfield - The midfield battle is always important to every match, but the dynamic of these two going head to head is fairly fascinating. On PSG's side, you've got three midfielders who, as a group, are stronger in defense than attack, but are certainly no slouch going forward, especially with Marco Verratti pinging passes around. For Chelsea, you've got the opposite - a bias towards attack, but plenty of ability when the Blues are out of possession, with Nemanja Matic in particular capable of stopping anything that comes near him. Any advantages one midfield get over the other in this match will be of the slimmest of margins, but will prove huge for the outcome.

Zlatan Ibrahimović vs Gary Cahill

Zlatan Ibrahimović’s record against English side‘s in
the Champions League is quite shabby with only three goals in 16 appearances,
and all of those goals coming against Arsenal. He only got 68 minutes over the
two legs last season due to injury. His threat shouldn’t be ignored as the
Swede provides moments of magic and goals out of nowhere. He should have decent
supply in this match, mainly from the wings.

Edinson Cavani vs Branislav Ivanovic - This might just be the single most intriguing one-on-one matchup on the pitch. Ivanovic has been an excellent fullback for Chelsea for some time now, but even in the Premier League it's rare for him to face a winger with even a modicum of the athleticism and power that Cavani possesses. Ivanovic is used to being able to overpower his opponents, but that won't be an option here. Cavani's going to do a lot of moving around as opposed to staying on the left, and if Ivanovic has one weakness, it's dealing with diagonal balls towards his marker.

Prediction:
Paris Saint-Germain 1-2 Chelsea

Neither side have been at their best in 2015 but we’re leaning towards Chelsea
to take a big advantage back with them to Stamford Bridge. Expecting José
Mourinho to have a game plan for his side to get the better of both David Luiz
and Gregory van der Wiel in particular , as well as set pieces. PSG haven’t
been convincing in their own league of late and should Lucas Moura not be fit
it’s a massive loss in creativity.

Comments
tiki_taka 5 years ago
Barcelona, France 360 9577

Got lucky to not concede obvious penalty, still whining on some uncalled foul in midlefield...

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Marcus2011 5 years ago
Chelsea FC, England 276 6363

@dynastian

Lol guys . I never take anything personally here unless it is directly personally at me but even then I say what I want to say and move on. And I am not easily offended . Maybe that is my writing style that makes you believe so . I will try to write more friendly . Use hashtags or smile signs, images and etc . :)

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KTBFFHSWE 5 years ago
Chelsea FC, Sweden 52 2449

@tiki it's really hard to figure out who you're talking too. How hard can it be do direct your message to someone?

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Marcus2011 5 years ago
Chelsea FC, England 276 6363

Lol he is talking to me :D

Maybe if accumulated yellow cards found Verrati or Luiz with red , we would not have been talking about Ramires incident .

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tiki_taka 5 years ago
Barcelona, France 360 9577

Keep quiet, you got helped by a ref decision, move on. End of the story and stop whining for no reason.

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tuan_jinn 5 years ago
Manchester United, Netherlands 194 6650

calm down guys, the debate is getting too hot and Im considering to close it if I must, so please

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Marcus2011 5 years ago
Chelsea FC, England 276 6363

Tiki is getting hot . He hates it when he slapped around with a truth )) ok end of the story . Peace mate , don't want you to have nervous break down or something . You are valuable member of our footy community .

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tiki_taka 5 years ago
Barcelona, France 360 9577

@Tuan When Roman fan gives lessons of how should a team behave, its a little ironic to get behaviour lessons from one of the worst teams in Europe in term of image.

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JuanMata10 5 years ago
Chelsea, Austria 17 1696

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Marcus2011 5 years ago Edited
Chelsea FC, England 276 6363

@tiki hahaha chocking on the irony

anyways 5 things according to BBC , which I agree with , we learned from first leg .

1. Thibaut Cortois is a beast

PSG had 14 shots on goal, seven of which were on target but only Edinson Cavani's second-half header was enough to beat Thibaut Courtois.

2. Cahil is feeling pressure from Kurt Zouma

Gary Cahill was chosen to partner John Terry instead of Kurt Zouma and, while Cahill and Terry combined to set up Branislav Ivanovic's opening goal, their marking was questionable for Cavani's equaliser.

3. Mourinho prefers to rely on his old faithfuls

Despite having Didier Drogba, Loic Remy and £23.3m signing Juan Cuadrado available, Mourinho chose to start four of five players he said were not fully fit. Willian, Ivanovic, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas all made the starting line-up while Oscar came on as late substitute despite the Portuguese coach claiming they had not trained.

4. Ivanovic is a big - game player

Ivanovic's goal was his first in Europe since the Europa League final over Benfica in 2013.He has 29 goals in 298 Chelsea games in all competitions since joining from Lokomotiv Moscow in January 2008.He scored the winner in their League Cup semi-final win over Liverpool and in their Premier League triumph at Aston Villa on 7 February.

5. Matuidi could have been at United With David Luiz anchoring midfield, Blaise Matuidi was free to stride forward and the France international caused Chelsea a host of problems. Matuidi saw a header saved by Courtois in the first half before providing the assist for Cavani's goal. Matuidi created four chances in the match - more than any other player.

Former Manchester United coach Phil Neville, who worked as a coach under previous manager David Moyes, said:

"Our reports were that we wanted to sign him.
"He had a contract situation at PSG, we heard that his contract was maybe running out and we were really interested in him. Then he signed a contract with PSG, which was not something we were happy with.
"We were looking for something to inject a bit of energy, Matuidi runs from box to box, he carried the team forward against Chelsea, purely with his energy.
"Last January we had heard his contract was running out and wanted to leave. I think what he wanted was a big contract and he got that."

6. Tiki still sour grapes about the draw and bit of reality I gave him Ok that one was not on the list of BBC , but still we learned something :D

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@tiki hahaha chocking on the irony

anyways 5 things according to BBC , which I agree with , we learned from first leg .

1. Thibaut Cortois is a beast

PSG had 14 shots on goal, seven of which were on target but only Edinson Cavani's second-half header was enough to beat Thibaut Courtois.

2. Cahil is feeling pressure from Kurt Zouma

Gary Cahill was chosen to partner John Terry instead of Kurt Zouma and, while Cahill and Terry combined to set up Branislav Ivanovic's opening goal, their marking was questionable for Cavani's equaliser.

3. Mourinho prefers to rely on his old faithfuls

Despite having Didier Drogba, Loic Remy and £23.3m signing Juan Cuadrado available, Mourinho chose to start four of five players he said were not fully fit. Willian, Ivanovic, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas all made the starting line-up while Oscar came on as late substitute despite the Portuguese coach claiming they had not trained.

4. Ivanovic is a big - game player

Ivanovic's goal was his first in Europe since the Europa League final over Benfica in 2013.

He has 29 goals in 298 Chelsea games in all competitions since joining from Lokomotiv Moscow in January 2008.

He scored the winner in their League Cup semi-final win over Liverpool and in their Premier League triumph at Aston Villa on 7 February.

5. Matuidi could have been at United

With David Luiz anchoring midfield, Blaise Matuidi was free to stride forward and the France international caused Chelsea a host of problems. Matuidi saw a header saved by Courtois in the first half before providing the assist for Cavani's goal. Matuidi created four chances in the match - more than any other player.

Former Manchester United coach Phil Neville, who worked as a coach under previous manager David Moyes, said: "Our reports were that we wanted to sign him.

"He had a contract situation at PSG, we heard that his contract was maybe running out and we were really interested in him. Then he signed a contract with PSG, which was not something we were happy with.

"We were looking for something to inject a bit of energy, Matuidi runs from box to box, he carried the team forward against Chelsea, purely with his energy.

"Last January we had heard his contract was running out and wanted to leave. I think what he wanted was a big contract and he got that."

6. Tiki still sour grapes about the draw and bit of reality I gave him

Ok that one was not on the list of BBC , but still we learned something :D

Marcus2011 5 years ago Edited
Chelsea FC, England 276 6363

Noble players play for noble clubs . wait a minute ...

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