We are just a week away from the last-16 second-leg clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. So it was only fitting that we take a walk down memory and reminisce over our meeting with the Blues back in April 2014.
This would be one of the most famous nights in the club’s history as we beat Jose Mourinho’s side 3-1 in the first-leg of the Champions League quarter-final that was capped off by a sublime solo goal from Javier Pastore in stoppage time. The scenes, the noise and the sheer pride that followed from everyone affiliated with Paris Saint-Germain was off the scale. And who could forget the celebrations on the bench?
We would bow out to a late Demba Ba goal in the return leg but that experience as a whole was instrumental for the football club. As I said on that night two years ago, PSG is in its infancy in comparison to the other European juggernauts. We will always be playing catch up in terms of history and that was our second consecutive season in the Champions League after an eight-year absence up until 2012. Yet, here we were in the last-eight against a former European Cup winner and took them the distance – just like Barcelona the year before.
That near 10-year wait to get back in Europe’s premier competition was worth it just for nights like that 3-1 win over the Blues.