Three things we learnt from Chelsea’s draw in Paris

Edinson Cavani’s second half header may have been a deflating one for Chelsea, but 1-1 draw away in Paris is by no means a bad way to kick off the knockout stage of the Champions League. The Blues were, for most of the game, on the back foot against the Ligue 1 champions, but Jose Mourinho’s tendency to sit tight on his travels would suggest that his plan was to soak up the pressure and escape with the tie alive.

So what did we learn from this intriguing battle? Here are THREE lessons…

Ivanovic is the man for the big occasion

He may be a right-back and he may not be a fancy player by any stretch of the imagination, but Branislav Ivanovic scores massive goals. Just a few weeks ago he nodded Chelsea into the League Cup Final with in extra-time against Liverpool, now he may have given the Blues the effort they need to book a spot in the last eight of the Champions League. Away goals are vital in tight Champions League ties, and Big Bran has done it again…

Advantage Chelsea

Jose

Even though Edinson Cavani made it 1-1 on the night and PSG looked, arguably, the better side over the 90 minutes, Chelsea are, as it stands, in the box seat. Ivanovic’s away goal means that the Blues are on course to go through with a 0-0, and we all know that Mourinho can shut up shop when he needs to.

Further to this, the ‘Special One’ has been present in the semi-finals of the Champions League in each of the last five seasons, so the omens are good…

Prepare for the Cavani rumours…

Each wee it seem that Cavani is linked with a Premier League move, and by the way the rumour mill works, we’re sure to see some more stories over the coming days/weeks. The Uruguayan showed his class in France this evening, drifting into space to net a neat header, and looked the Parisians’ most potent force. Had it not been for Courtois, he may well have had another goal or two to his name…

 


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