Monday, April 7, 2014

Chelsea vs Paris Saint-Germain Champions League 08-04-2014

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Chelsea vs Paris Saint-Germain
Competition: UEFA Champions League, Quarterfinal
Match date: Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - Kick Off Time: 18:45 GMT - 8:45 pm CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, United Kingdom

Chelsea team can’t be very happy about their performance lately. However they won the last Premier League game – last Saturday against Stoke Coty 3:0 – but before that they had lost two games in a row (one in PR and one in CL). The game against PSG, lost 3:1, showed the weaknesses of the Blues. Some says that the manger is mostly to blame – Jose Mourinho picked neither Torres nor Ba to play as a striker from the beginning, he chose Shuerrle, who plays usually on the wing. Together with David Luiz scoring an own goal (61’) the evening was a disaster for Chelsea. The Blues showed  a lack of the concentration in the both very beginning and closing part of the game – the goal in the 4 minute by Lavezzi and in the 93 by Pastore. In order not to repeat this scenario Jose Mourinho’s team has to simply play better and must show more focus. For the time being, playing like that, they don’t stand a chance against well-playing PSG. Improvement of the play will be crucial in the upcoming game.     
Paris Saint-Germain is in a winning-strike - they are unbeaten since January 1st. In the Champions League they won their last three matches, winning 1/8 against Bayer Leverkusen (4:0 and 2:1) and 3:1 against Chelsea in the first game of the quarterfinals. This last result makes them a big favourite to win also the upcoming game and the quarterfinal as well. Against Chelsea PSG showed a very offensive football, scoring at the beginning and at the end of the game. Together with the Chelsea’s own goal (David Luiz, 61’) they managed to beat the Blues quite easily. In the upcoming game Paris Saint-Germain have to play without their biggest star – Zlatan Ibrahimović – who suffered an injury during the game against Chelsea. But as the performance showed it won’t be much of a problem.   

Possible line-ups: 
Chelsea: (Manager: Jose Mourinho) Cech - Ivanović, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta - Schuerrle, Lampard, Matić, Hazard, Oscar - Torres.PSG: (Manager: Laurent Blanc) Sirigu - van der Wiel, Marquinhos, Silva, Digne - Lucas, Cabaye, Pastore, Rabiot, Menez - Cavani.

Chelsea last 5 matches:
18/03/14 Chelsea 2 – 0 Galatasaray
22/03/14 Chelsea 6 – 0 Arsenal
29/03/14 Crystal Palace 1 – 0 Chelsea
02/04/14 PSG 3 – 1 Chelsea
05/04/14 Chelsea 3 – 0 Stoke City
Paris Saint-Germain last 5 matches:
17/03/14 PSG 2 – 0 Saint-Étienne
21/03/14 Lorient 0 – 1 PSG
28/03/14 Nice 0 – 1 PSG
02/04/14 PSG 3 – 1 Chelsea
05/04/14 PSG 3 – 0 Reims 
You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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