After a hard fought 1-1 draw in the French capital, Jose Mourinho will feel confident that his side can advance into the last eight and Branislav Ivanovic’s crucial away goal will give the home team the edge. PSG should not be discounted however, as they possess one of the most talented squads in Europe and are in fine form having gone undefeated since the first leg - winning 3 of those 4 games. Both teams will also be galvanised by the unconvincing play of Real Madrid and the fact that Arsenal are on the brink of elimination.
PSG will be out for revenge having been eliminated from the competition by the Blues last season, after Chelsea dramatically overturned a 2 goal deficit.
The Parisian team will also have been disappointed to have not won the first leg having dominated much of the game. They came agonisingly close to scoring on a number of occasions, including a downward header at the death of the match which was brilliantly kept out by Thibaut Courtois. The likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edison Cavani will be certain that they can create problems for the Chelsea defence, whilst David Luiz will want to impress on his return to Stamford Bridge.
Since the tie in Paris 3 weeks ago, Chelsea have picked up the first domestic silverware of the season and they have edged closer to sealing the Premier League title. A treble could be on the cards for the Blues, and Mourinho’s astute tactics have made his well organised team one that is very difficult to break down and particularly on their home turf. This should ensure for a fascinating encounter tonight with some of the best attacking talent in the world needing to score, going up against one of the most resolute defences in the game. Should PSG score first, the complexion of the tie will drastically change and Chelsea’s attacking players will become key.
Much of the action back in February was overshadowed by ugly scenes on the Paris Metro, but hopefully there will be no similar incident and tomorrow all the talk will be about what happens on the pitch. With a place in the last 8 at stake, PSG are out for revenge whilst Chelsea will be looking to achieve a historic treble. The stage is set for yet another fantastic evening of Champions League football.
Chelsea will be boosted by the return of Nemanja Matic following a 2 game suspension, whilst John Obi Mikel will miss out with a knee injury. Former Newcastle star Yohan Cabaye is available after returning from a thigh injury, but Serge Aurier (hamstring) and Lucas Moura (knee) are both out.