It is easy to imagine that most of Chelsea’s focus on Wednesday will be focused on enigmatic Swedish striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The 32-year-old forward leads Ligue 1 in goals and assists and he will obviously be a huge factor in deciding the two-legged tie, but he is not the only weapon that Paris Saint-Germain have up their sleeve, and if Chelsea want to advance they need to respect the other 10 players on the field.
Here are three players Chelsea need to be wary of:
The Argentine winger has endured a mixed season so far, but his form in 2014 has been much improved, making him one of PSG’s most in-form players. Since the turn of the year he has scored four times and looked bright and sharp down the left-flank.
Along with fellow South American, Maxwell, the former Napoli man is a constant threat in the wide areas, but he then uses his speed and direct style to penetrate in-behind the defence. When Ibrahimovic drops deep, the space he creates gives Lavezzi an excellent opportunity to cut in-between the opposition centre-backs.
His finishing or passing may not be World-class, but given enough chances, he can be a huge factor in the final third.
This French midfielder is one of Europe’s most underrated players. The box-to-box style enforcer is becoming the complete midfield and will be one of the players that PSG build their team around for years to come.
Matuidi is the drive and engine in the PSG midfield. He is a superb passer of the ball, he wins the majority of his tackles, and he reads the game extremely well: in fact there isn’t much he can’t do.
On Wednesday night, it will be Matuidi’s job to break past the Chelsea midfield and make some brilliantly timed runs into the Chelsea penalty box. If not tracked properly, Matuidi could be a huge factor in the final outcome.
Being best-friends with Zlatan Ibrahimovic must have its perks, but this Brazilian full-back has made an excellent career for himself by being a solid, uncompromising and consistent performer.
This season for PSG, Maxwell has been absolutely superb, keeping the young, exciting left-back Lucas Digne on the bench. Not only is he an excellent defender and a key component in PSG’s water-tight back-line, but he is also a major threat going forward.
When the opportunity strikes, Maxwell has the ability to advance down the channels and either provides a telling cross, or when the mood strikes him right he can get into dangerous positions and he has the ability to find the back of the net.
The Brazilian has three goals and two assists this season, and Chelsea will have to beware the advancing left-back when they concentrate on stopping Ibrahimovic and Lavezzi.