Chelsea player ratings v PSG: Courtois shines, while Cahill concerns

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Chelsea withstood a strong Paris Saint-Germain attack to earn a 1-1 draw in the first-leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at the Parc des Princes.

Thibaut Courtois 9/10 – Denied the likes of Cavani, Ibrahimovic and Matuidi with several superb saves to keep the tie level going into the second-leg at Stamford Bridge. More than confident enough in the air, too.

Branislav Ivanovic 7/10 Came up with a crucial goal for his side once again, heading in Cahill’s neat flick for the 36th-minute opener. An impressive all-round performance.

Gary Cahill 5/10 Some were concerned about him starting over the emerging Kurt Zouma given his recent form and those fears were realised. Provided the clever assist for Ivanovic’s opener but was found wanting for Cavani's 54th-minute leveller, amid an uncomfortable defensive showing.

John Terry 7/10 – Caught out a bit for the PSG equaliser but his leadership at the back proved vital to limiting the home side to the one goal. Also provided the cross into the box which led to the Ivanovic's goal.

Cesar Azpilicueta 6/10 A bit of an off night for the Spaniard, who allowed Van der Wiel far too much space on the left flank. Did make one fantastic goal-line block to keep out Ibrahimovic in the second-half, though.

Ramires 6/10 Did a solid job covering the back four for most of the match but was fortunate not to be punished for tripping Verratti in the Chelsea box during the closing stages.

Nemanja Matic 6.5/10 – An effective shield for the defence during the first-half but did seem to struggle after the beak when PSG began to pour more pressure forward.

Willian 6/10 – Didn’t offer much in attack on the night but worked his socks off, switching flanks with Hazard in order to track Van der Wiel’s runs.

Cesc Fabregas 6/10 – Forced to drop deep for long spells and struggled to look his usual creative-self as a result. Can’t fault his work rate, though.

Eden Hazard 6/10 – Drew a number of fouls for his side but couldn’t produce much in the final third. Needed better support from his teammates.

Diego Costa 6/10 – His bustling work rate kept the PSG defence on its toes but failed to test keeper Sirigu on a single occasion on his return to the side.

SUBSTITUTES

Juan Cuadrado (Willian 79) N/A – Didn’t get enough time to make a difference on his European debut for the Blues.

Loic Remy (Costa 81) N/A – Couldn’t get involved during his late cameo.

Oscar (Fabregas 83) N/A – See Remy.

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