Chelsea latest: Zlatan out! Blues target meets City? Matic blasts critics

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Chelsea trail their Champions League quarterfinal clash by a 3-1 scoreline and must strike at least twice while keeping their sheet clean in order to ensure an aggregate victory when they meet Paris Saint Germain for the second leg on Tuesday, April 8 at Stamford Bridge.

While the Blues ensured Edinson Cavani was relatively quiet, Ezequiel Lavezzi stole the headlines due to his emphatic opening effort and continued threat throughout the match. However, it was supposed to be a Zlatan Ibrahiomovic evening… the imposing Swede is close friends with Jose Mourinho, had never played in the Premier League but had tormented England when representing his nation in the past.

Wednesday evening was not his night. And neither will Tuesday be as the 6ft 5in striker has been ruled out of action for four weeks due to an injury suffered during the game.

PSG president Nasser Al-Helkaifi confirmed to RMC radio earlier today, Thursday, that: "He is doing an MRI now. I think he will need a minimum of four weeks [out of action]."

In boxing, a phrase uttered by Roger Mayweather on numerous occasions went viral and is oft-used on internet forums to bash newbie posters: "You don't know s*** about boxing [pronounced baxing]".

Nemanja Matic may now have given football it's own version when commenting on the criticism that the club's strikers receive: "People who say Chelsea don't have any good strikers don't know anything about footbal… we have three very good strikers: [Samuel] Eto'o, [Fernando] Torres and Demba Ba. People who say this cannot have watched football."

Meanwhile, there are plentiful transfer rumours to address…

Long-time strike target Radamel Falcao apparently had a meeting with Manchester City, who clearly need a reinforcement as Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko have been such a let-down. And it's not like they get goals from their midfielders like Yaya Toure either. Hmmm.

The Manchester Evening News quote an "account in Spain" which says City director of football Txiki Begiristain met £50m rated Falcao, along with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, a Singaporean businessman Peter Lim and AS Monaco owner Dimitry Rybovlev.

Chelsea also want Thibaut Courtois for keeps as a new deal is to be discussed while a loan extension with Atletico Madrid could also happen.

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