Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain will face each other in the UEFA Champions League [UCL] quarter-finals in April 2014. The first leg will be held on April 2 at Parc du Princes in Paris while the second will be at Stamford Bridge on April 8.
The Premier League [EPL] team is currently number four in the 2013/14 UEFA Ranking coefficient. It has five victories, two losses, and one draw during the current UCL season.
It boasts of star studded players such as Petr Cech, Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, and Gary Cahill. The only UCL victory experienced by Chelsea was in 2011/12 when Didier Drogba tied the match against Bayern Munich.
The result was a victory on the basis of penalties at Allianz Arena to the embarrassment of Bayern Munich. This was under the leadership of Roberto Di Matteo.
At the time, Chelsea was undergoing a constant change of managers thanks to its owner Roman Abramovich. Abramovich finally recalled Mourinho and the club is undergoing stability with consistency and results.
There is also chemistry between Mourinho and the players which is necessary for success. After defeating Galatasaray in the Round of 16, can Chelsea face Paris?
The French club may be difficult for Chelsea secondary to the presence of stars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani. Paris is number 17 in the current coefficient ranking with five victories, one draw, and one loss.
Thiago Motta and Yohan Cabaye [along with Ibrahimovic and Cavani] are top goal scorers that may challenge Cech on the pitch. Laurent Blanc has guided Paris in the current UCL season and has provided consistency to the team.
Both teams are not expected to concede space or goals which will lead to an exciting match. The matches are expected to be close with Chelsea prevailing at the end.
Chelsea will weaken the defense and midfield of Paris with Mourinho using psychological warfare. The results will be the following
Paris 1-2 Chelsea
Chelsea 3-1 Paris
Petr Cech Chelsea Video courtesy Roberto Alvarez-Galloso