Chelsea (4-2-3-1):Â Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Lampard, Luiz, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Eto’o
Before the 3-0 win at the weekend, Chelsea suffered two loses, one at the hands of Crystal Palace and the other is the 3-1 lost against Paris Saint Germain. Chelsea has won only three and lost three from their last six games in all competitions as they head into an important Champions League encounter. Jose Mourinho will have a rather complete team selection in all positions except up top where he has agreed to have been having problems all season. Samuel Eto’o is a doubt for the match but Mourinho may risk starting with him up top instead of using Fernando Torres who has been failing to find the net on a regular basis. Torres will only get to start if Eto’o is indeed unavailable. Elsewhere, Nemanja Matic and Mohammed Salah will be ineligible for the upcoming match with John Obi Mikel injured and Ramires being banned for the match. The Blues will need to overturn a 3-1 deficit in order to go through so expect attacking football from the manager.
Paris Saint Germain (4-3-3):Â Sirigu, Van der Wiel, Alex, Silva, Maxwell, Verratti, Motta, Matuidi, Lucas, Cavani, Lavezzi
Paris Saint Germain go into the game as favorites to advance as they have picked up six consecutive wins in their last six games. Sitting on top of their league table, PSG look likely to retain their crown as Ligue 1 champions as they take a break from domestic football and focus on their European campaign. Compared to their opponents, the French side have only one major injury as all their other players will be available for selection. Laurent Blanc is looking likely to make two changes to his previous line up against Chelsea with Gregory Van der Wiel getting the nod ahead of Christophe Jallet at right back and Lucus Moura coming to replace an injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Edison Cavani will be moved into his preferred center striker role as Moura looks to swap with him into the right forward position. With Ibrahimovic out injured, Cavani can prove his worth to the club with a solid performance against their opponents.
Chelsea fans.. In a few hours.. Paris Saint-Germain will show you what football looks like
â€” Amira!! (@ACONTIEZ) April 8, 2014
All right, the match is at The Bridge, we have an away goal advantage and Mou is back at The Bridge. Enough… http://t.co/64C1x70rGn
â€” Mihir Deshmukh (@mihir2035) April 8, 2014
Chelsea fans at Stamford bridge got a role to play to ensure victory.. The crowd should roar to scare PSG
â€” S.T Â»Senior TweepÂ« (@SegunT) April 8, 2014
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho blamed a horrible defensive display from his team as Paris Saint Germain’s Javier Pastore tore them apart to put the icing on the cake with his team’s third goal. Hopefully Chelsea can get their back line ready for a tough task at Stamford Bridge.
Eden HazardÂ will need to be at his best if Chelsea hope to go through against a tough Parisian side. He has the ability to beat any player on the ones on ones as well as out pace numerous defenders. His dribble skills can come in handy as he looks to score and even assist for his team with the PSG players needing to keep a close eye on the tricky Belgian.
Chelsea vs. Paris Saint Germain: An Alternative Preview
Chelsea come in to this game with a 3-1 deficit - they lost their only previous knockout tie against a French side in the Champions League (v Monaco in 2003-04).
Chelsea conceded more goals in the first leg of this tie than they had in their previous seven Champions League matches (2).
Paris St Germain have lost just one of their last 17 Champions League matches (W12 D4 L1).
Away from home, PSG have lost only one of their last eight games in the Champions League (W6 D1 L1). They have scored in all eight of these matches.
No side has scored with a higher proportion of their shots than PSG (28.4%) this season in the CL.
Paris St Germain have scored in 17 successive Champions League matches, netting at least twice in 13 of these games.
Ezequiel Lavezzi has scored three goals in three Champions League appearances against Chelsea; more than against any other side.
Paris St Germain have not lost any of their last seven matches in the knockout stages of the Champions League (W4 D3).
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss this match due to injury. Since he joined the club, he’s had a hand in 20 of PSG’s Champions League goals (13 goals, seven assists); 11 more than any other player for the club.
Jose Mourinho has lost just two of his 21 Champions League games in charge of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (W14 D5 L2 – excl. qualifiers), but one of these defeats came earlier this season against Basle.
Paris SG have conceded three penalties in their last four Champions League games (v Benfica on 10 December, Bayer Leverkusen on 12 March & Chelsea).
PSG have scored more goals in the opening 15 minutes (5) and first half (14) than any other team in the Champions League this season.