Champions League Match Preview: Chelsea vs. PSG

By
Updated: April 3, 2014
PSG

Match Date: 08 April 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stamford Bridge

 

PSG are enjoying one of their best years ever. With a fourth Ligue 1 title on the way, the side has also proven to be a newly emerging threat for the other UEFA Champions League contenders. The side, propelled by the zeal to belong with the elite final four, defeated perennial finalists Chelsea in their first leg of the continental tournament’s quarter-finals 3-1.

 

Laurent Blanc’s men were the first squad to show impression, taking the lead in the fourth minute through a hard-fought volley by Ezequiel Lavezzi. The José Mourinho side then leveled the scoring just before the half-hour via a successful penalty kick from Eden Hazard. In a situation that really calls for deep focus and caution, David Luiz destroyed Chelsea’s bid for the first-half lead after he turned a free-kick from Lavezzi into his own net. Amid the rigorous effort to cancel that out and despite the strong defense they displayed, The Blues still failed to render the scoring flat. Instead, PSG further solidified their superiority when Javier Pastore impressively pacified three Chelsea defenders and struck a breathtaking goal in stoppage-time to make it 3-1 for Les Rouge-et-Bleu.

 

With the win, PSG must be having good thoughts of advancing through the semi-finals as their opponents have a major deficit to turn around in the second leg. Laurent Blanc has done an excellent job and he has successfully rebuilt his reputation following a mediocre spell in charge of the France national team, producing a squad that is definitely more coherent than that produced by his predecessor.

 

PSG has never won the UEFA title but to end up in the top four is already historic—which would count as their first in nearly two decades.

 

Champions League betting tip: PSG and Chelsea will make it even in their second leg, but the French club will be the one who will advance to the next round based on aggregate scoring.

 

Featured Image: PSG | Source: BBC