Chelsea headed to Paris to take on the Capital side in The Champions League once again, and it was to see the return of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas to the starting line up for the Blues. Jose Mourinho picked a more defensive line up with Ramires alongside Nemanja Matic and Fabregas in the more advanced role. Perhaps spelling out the intent from Mourinho in this first leg.
The first half saw two jittery sides at times with a few errors creeping in from both teams allowing the opposition to counter. Paris Saint-Germain were the more threatening as Thibaut Courtois made a couple of saves from headers on target and Chelsea grew frustrated in attack as Eden Hazard switched sides with Willian and their attacks broke down far too often.
However, against the run of play, The Blues attacked and our most prolific goal scorer Diego Costa (Branislav Ivanovic), gets on the end of a superb cross by our speedy winger Willian (John Terry), via a excellent flick by our technical genius Eden Hazard (Gary Cahill)! A goal that was somewhat bizarre being created by our two centre backs and finished by our right back!
Apart from that it remained edgy and Chelsea were happy to see out the first half to go in winning by a goal to nil gaining that all important away goal.
The second half was simply a game of attack versus defence as Chelsea failed to even remotely look like threatening the PSG goal. Edinson Cavani capitalised on Chelsea inviting on the pressure after a cross easily found the head of the unmarked striker. It was all too easy for PSG at this point and Laurent Blanc’s side looked to get more goals as Chelsea offered nothing and looked poor at the back.
Courtois made a string of world class saves and there were also a number of clearances off the line from the Chelsea back four, who really struggled against Cavani’s skill and Ibrahimovic’s aerial threat.
Chelsea somehow went on to last out and gain a draw, which was a great result for them and some might say what Mourinho was playing for from the formation he played and they way he setup. Away goal and level going back to The Bridge, it could have been a lot LOT worse, but they’re now on course to advance.
Man of the match – Thibaut Courtois
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