Why Chelsea defeat to PSG is both a blessing and a curse for Everton

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The two sides meet at Goodison Park in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Chelsea’s exit to Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League was both a blessing and a curse for Everton.

Guus Hiddink’s side were knocked out on Wednesday evening after a goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic saw the French club win 2-1 at Stamford Bridge to progress 4-2 on aggregate.

It came as a bitter blow to the Blues, who were harbouring quiet hopes of doing well after a disastrous campaign in the Premier League.

Equally disappointed by their exit will be Everton, who face Chelsea in the FA Cup on Saturday.

That competition is now the latters last hope of silverware this season, and with the top four arguably out of their grasp, they will be keen to make it theirs.

Indeed, they can now put all of their eggs into that particular basket; something Roberto Martinez’s side were probably hoping wouldn’t be the case.

They themselves are harbouring cup dreams this season and would have much preferred a distracted Chelsea than one fully focused on the FA Cup.

The result wasn’t all bad news for the Toffees though, as two Chelsea stars headed off with injuries in the game.

They were pair Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, with both picking up knocks and now surely doubts for the FA Cup clash.

In particular Everton will be keen to see Costa ruled out, with the striker having returned to his best form of late.

He has enjoyed himself against their defence before now and given their poor defensive record this season; they will be keen to see him sit out this game.

Of course, whether Chelsea’s exit is a blessing or a curse can only be determined after the final whistle on Saturday, but Everton will certainly be hoping it’s the former.

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