Chelsea are looking to turn a poor season into a wonderful season by marching on in the Champions League and in the FA Cup. Last season’s Premier League winners have fallen dramatically since they were crowned champions, but they are still alive in two competitions and won’t have to worry about the longest competition they still have to play in: the Premier League.
That should mean that tiredness won’t be a factor, and it should also ensure that Chelsea’s quest for an unlikely double is made that little bit easier.
The Parisians, meanwhile, are leading their league by 24 points, and so they too will be able to take their collective feet off the gas in Ligue 1 as they look to progress further than the quarter finals in the Champions League this season.
Given this season’s form, PSG will start as favourites, but ruling Chelsea out is a fool’s errand, as these stats prove:
Chelsea, who qualified top of Group G ahead of Dynamo Kiev, have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons. The only time they didn’t during that period, they won the Europa League.
Paris SG have won one of their six Champions League games against Chelsea (3-1 at home in April 2014), drawing three and losing two.
Paris SG have lost only one of their last 37 home games in European competition (W24 D12), that was against Barcelona in April 2015 (1-3).
Paris SG are the only team, alongside Juventus and Real Madrid, yet to concede a goal at home in the Champions League this season.
54% of Chelsea’s goals have been scored from set-pieces (7 out of 13), the highest ratio among the 16 teams left in this season’s competition.