CHELSEA – Chelsea and PSG are set to collide tonight in the round of 16 first leg in the knock out round of UEFA Champions League, Pakistantribe.com reported.
Jose Mourinho’s men turned a 2 goal deficit around against the French giants to qualify for the last four.
Both teams are much stronger now, can PSG shock the premier league leaders, we shall see.
Paris Saint-Germain defeated Chelsea 3-1 in the first leg at home last season, surely they will take a similar result but Blues have got much meaner defense this time around.
As far as the team news is concerned, expect Belgian goalie Courtois to return to starting XI. Cech started the game against Everton in the last PL game. Star striker Diego Costa should start as well.
Other than that, Oscar has a slight muscle problem and should be kept on the bench. Instead Fabregas should start in attacking midfield and Ramires in the central mid with Matic.
New signing Juan Cuadrado made his full debut last time out but I expect he’ll drop back to the bench with Fabregas joining Eden Hazard and Willian in attack. Diego Costa should be fresh to replace Loic Remy up front after serving a three-match domestic ban in recent weeks.
Cesc Fabregas is back in contention after recovering from a hamstring injury after coming off the bench at Stamford Bridge against Everton but I think he’ll be played a little further forward against PSG as Oscar is a slight doubt with a muscle problem. John Obi Mikel is out with a minor knee injury so Ramires could start alongside Nemanja Matic in midfield to offer more protection in front of the defence.
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