The Paris Saint-Germain squad flew across the channel to their London base yesterday ahead of tonight’s second-leg against Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final. After the heroics of last week in that unforgettable night in Paris, Laurent Blanc’s men are seemingly expected to finish the job with a 3-1 aggregate lead. Even Blanc himself admitted yesterday in his pre-match presser that his team were favourites. Blues boss Jose Mourinho also said that he believed his side would win tonight. Both teams are going to be feeling hot under the collar at some point this evening but who will be feeling it more?
I think in the position we find ourselves in with a more than creditable aggregate lead, the onus is on us to finish the job. The vast amount of people in Paris will be expecting so as well. Le Parisien did a poll a few days ago asking fans if the club can progress, even without Zlatan Ibrahimovic? Over 80% said yes.
I noted in my article yesterday that Lucas Moura coming in for Zlatan can work as an advantage, especially on the counter-attack. Chelsea have to come at us. They need at least two goals if they are to stand any chance of knocking us out. We can get at them but we should not be fooled by anybody writing the English side off. Their record at Stamford Bridge is as good as any in Europe and they have overturned deficits like this before (just as Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi who endured this with Napoli in 2012, with the same 3-1 aggregate lead). They can get back into this tie!
At the same time however, we have to give ourselves credit. This side is capable of something quite magnificent tonight. If they can get the job done, it will be another feather in Blanc’s cap but most importantly, it will be the most significant step in the modern era of this football club.
This is ours to lose! It would be devastating not to go through now after the performance last week where we had to dig in deep at times. We were by no means superior to Chelsea and we were handed a gift with the David Luiz own goal. We have to capitalise on this, be ruthless and not give CFC too much respect. Yes, they have the European pedigree that we can only dream of but not too many are expecting them to overturn the tie. That in a way can work as an advantage to them as the pressure is not as great as it is on us.
We are expected to go through. As Monsieur Blanc said, we are the favourites!