PSG wil face the UEFA disciplinary committee on Thursday to try and have Zlatan Ibrahimovic's red card rescinded.
Thiago Silva’s late headed goal at Stamford Bridge knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League and stole the headlines. Paris Saint-Germain shocked Europe by knocking out the Premier League leaders, but now they face a quarter-final challenge with the prospect of Zlatan Ibrahimovic missing at least one of the legs through suspension.
The Swedish forward was given a straight red card after his apparent challenge on Chelsea’s Oscar, but on second viewing it looked like referee Bjorn Kuipers made the wrong call.
PSG will have the case reviewed by UEFA’s disciplinary committee on Thursday and, according to French newspaper Le Parisian, the Ligue 1 club are basing their defence around a similar situation two years ago in the same competition.
Ibrahimovic was shown a straight red against Spanish side Valencia in the knockout stage in 2012/13. It was a strange decision at the time, and it was reduced to a yellow by UEFA.
PSG are also going to aim their defence around the image of most of Chelsea’s team surrounding Kuipers, pressurising the referee to make a decision against the away side.
The decision will be made before Friday’s draw for the quarter-finals, and despite claims that they actually play better without Ibrahimovic in the team, Laurent Blanc would definitely rather have the Swede in his squad than be without him.
Having someone with the experience of Ibrahimovic, especially for the away leg of the quarter-final, regardless of the team they have to face, could be the difference between elimination or reaching the last four.
No matter what happens on Thursday, Ibrahimovic is now also facing a ban for his foul-mouthed outburst against the referees when PSG lost 3-2 to Bordeaux on Sunday - covered by The Guardian.
He is facing a three or four-game-ban and could miss four of the last six league games, but will face Marseille in the league and the Coupe de la Ligue final against Bastia.
Missing league games would put even more importance on having the Swede available for the Champions League as PSG try to compete in four different competitions.