For the second year running PSG and Chelsea meet in a clash of two of the richest and most star-studded sides in Europe. Last year Chelsea went through on away goals (3-3 on aggregate) in the quarter-finals. Will PSG reverse the outcome this time around?
The odds market makes this game around 50-50 and that’s understandable. Chelsea are favourites to win the tie but home advantage evens things up for this first leg in Paris.
One of the hosts’ main problems is the seemingly low mood in their camp. The players and coach Laurent Blanc have been heavily criticised for poor performances since the turn of the year, star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a shadow of the inspiring force he was in his previous two seasons in the French capital and PSG are below-strength on their right wing as Marquinhos (more accomplished than Gregory van der Wiel) and Lucas Moura are out through injury.
Does that open the door for a Chelsea victory? The Blues have a good away record this season – W9-D6-L2 (53% win rate) away to top-flight teams in all competitions – but it depends how Jose Mourinho approaches the game. The draw is equally tempting so consider both selections.