Chelsea booked their place in the last eight last night. With so many great sides left here are three reasons why they will want to avoid the Parisians.
Chelsea confirmed their place in the last eight of the Champions League last night with their 2-0 win over Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge. They go into the hat for Friday’s draw and will be looking on with anticipation to see what name they are drawn out of the hat.
They join Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid and French side Paris Saint-Germain in Friday’s draw, with the last four sides battling it out this evening for the last two spots. With so many excellent sides still left in the competition there are no easy games at this stage, however one side that Chelsea will really want to avoid is Laurent Blanc's PSG.
Here are three reasons why Mourinho will want to stay clear of the Ligue 1 league leaders.
1) They have Zlatan! – There is no one in world football, hotter than Zlatan Ibrahimovic right now. The Swedish striker has 10 goals in this season’s competition and has been in amazing form this season. With 25 league goals and 11 assists, he is on course to set a new goal scoring record in the French league. He seems determined to single-handedly take PSG all the way.
2) Water-tight defence – Usually all the focus of PSG’s play is on the attacking players, but the defence doesn’t receive as much praise as it should. They have only conceded five goals in the competition so far, and in Thiago Silva, they have one of football’s most talented defenders leading their back-line. Behind him they also have the excellent Salvatore Sirigu. For the last three years he has been PSG’s last line of defence, and when things aren’t going their way, Sirigu has bailed them out time and time again.
3) Midfield Maestros – One of PSG’s most impressive features this season has been the midfield. The trio of Thiago Motta, Blaise Matuidi and Marco Verratti are one of the most cohesive midfield units in all of Europe. All three bring something different to the team, and all three complement each other beautifully.
Verratti is the tenacious midfield battler who likes to get his foot on the ball and move things forward. Matuidi is the engine; the energy and the non-stop force that teams are unsure how to stop. Motta is the brains, everything goes through him, he reads the game so well and everything PSG create will have Motta at its inception. He may be quiet, but he is crucial.
Each reason on its own would be reason enough to want to avoid PSG in the Quarter-Finals, but combine them all together and you get a side that no one will want to face in the next round. Chelsea may be confident of their chances, but Mourinho will want to avoid PSG at all costs.