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…
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…
The number of important goals Branislav Ivanovic has scored for us over the years is crazy. Love the big Serbian – always committed #CFC
— David Patterson (@DPatz13) February 17, 2015
— Dan (@dredman86) February 17, 2015
Ivanovic must have one of the highest goals scored in big games ratio of any defender around. Amazing number of big goals he scores
— Adam Osper (@AdamOsper) February 17, 2015
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…
A mere clean sheet at the Bridge and Chelsea are through to the quarters.
— chelseaTALK (@ChelseaTaIk) February 17, 2015
Good result that for chelsea, will go through on the back of the away goal
— Robbie (@robbiejack95) February 17, 2015
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…
— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) February 17, 2015
Cavani knows Fergie is watching. Clearly why he’s actually playing like he can instead of moaning about being second fiddle to Zlatan
— Rebecca (@RebeccaKnight01) February 17, 2015
Cavani is so, so good. World class.
— Alex (@Alex_Is_Sanchez) February 17, 2015