Vengeance and redemption will be the motivating factors as Chelsea FC meets Paris Saint-Germain FC in the first leg of the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League.
The last time they met, the game ended with Paris eliminating Chelsea with a win based on away goals, thus, putting a bad blood between the two clubs going into the match.
Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink said that playing against Paris will be a great test for them as they hope to get into the next round as they are still trying to impose their style of play. This despite their 5-1 win over Newcastle in the English Premier League.
“Paris is a very strong team, dominating the French League. To be a great club, a team must win the Champions League to become a great club and they’re certainly aiming for it. On our side, We’re improving step by step, with quality players. We are not yet where we want to be, to be able to impose our style of play, but we’ve had a string of games with dominant play from us,” Hiddink said.
For Paris coach Laurent Blanc, with Chelsea missing the services of John Terry (hamstring, ligament) it will be a big advantage for them as they saw a completely change on the latter’s defensive line. Blanc stressed that their Champions League campaign will ultimately judge their entire season and the match against Chelsea will be a big pitch to their team’s spirit.
“We’ll need to impose our game on Chelsea – a team who are capable of beating us. We have the capacity to do well in this competition, thanks to our experienced players. Starting now, we’ll only face teams that have the quality to win it. But that’s when things become the most interesting for the club, for the players and for the manager. We have the potential to win this competition,” Blanc explained.
Possible line-up for Chelsea might have Thibaut Courtois, Cesar Azpilicueta, Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, Baba Rahman,Cesc Fabregas, John Obi Mikel, Eden Hazard, William, Pedro and Diego Costa while Paris’s possible line-up might feature Kevin Trapp, Marquinhos (Van del Wiel), Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Maxwell, Blaise Matudi, Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti, Angel Di Maria, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani.
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