Whoever we were going to get in today’s UEFA Champions League last-16 draw would be tough. And it gets no tougher than a repeat of last season’s quarter-final against Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Les Parisiens were the first name out of the hat, swiftly followed by the London club to set up a first-leg meeting at the Parc des Princes, just like last season. On that night, Javier Pastore rounded off a fabulous 3-1 victory but in the end Jose Mourinho’s side made it to the last-four with a 2-0 win at the Bridge.
It is that night back in April that has tainted Laurent Blanc in some quarters of the French media and he will be itching to make it right. It is easier said than done of course, we are facing a different Chelsea this time around. This is a far more complete, stronger side to the one we faced last season. The acquisitions of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas have taken them to another level.
They succumbed to their first defeat against Newcastle United the weekend before last, as we suffered our first against Barcelona four days later (and of course our first in the league away to Guingamp yesterday).
The Blues finished top of their group, six points ahead of runners-up Schalke and netted 17 goals, conceding just three.
Ties to be played on 17th February and 11th March.