“It will be difficult, but not impossible” says Andre Schurrle.
“At the Stamford Bridge we’re a different team. It will be difficult, but not impossible.”
Chelsea are really a power in their own stadium under Mourinho and haven’t lost even one of their 77 matches at home with the Portuguese as their coach, a record dating back to his first spell in charge.
Schurrle also feels he may have found the key how to beat PSG, pointing out: “They are not used to defending. They always have the ball in the French League. But in the first half we had it. That was difficult for them, we had a lot of space. That’s how we have to play in the second leg.”
Attacking is definitely a good strategy when you are two goals down from the first leg, but Schurrle might be right that Paris’ weakness is probably the defence. From the three Brazilian defenders Alex, Thiago Silva and Maxwell only Silva seems to be up to the highest international standards. Former Chelsea player Alex and the former Barcelona defender Maxwell seem to have passed their peak already. Still the French defense has a lot of experience and it won’t be to easy for Chelsea despite Schurrle’s optimistic view.
However, Chelsea’s fast midfielders Hazard and Oscar can certainly make the difference when they’re playing against PSG's slower defenders. If the German winger will even be part of his own plans, isn’t clear yet.
Mourinho might chose Wilian instead of Schurrle, but at the end it will be the attitude and not the names that will decide this match.
If Chelsea scores an early goal then everything is possible, but Paris’ striking power with Cavani, Lavezzi and Lucas Moura is also pretty impressive, even with Zlatan injured. It will definitely a tight match, but it can be a good sign for Chelsea’s fans that their players like Schurrle still believe in qualifying for the semi finals. It’s time for Chelsea to show that they really are another team at the Stamford Bridge.