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Champions League Preview: PSG vs Chelsea

Chelsea, PSG, David Luiz, Guus Hiddink, Blanc, Zlatan, Di Maria, Hazard
Chelsea edged past PSG on away goals in 2014, only to be dumped out in the same fashion after David Luiz and Thiago Silva scored at Stamford Bridge last year.

The Champions League returns with a familiar fixture in recent history as Paris St. Germain take on Chelsea in the first knockout rounds of the competition. The French champions have been in flying form this season as they carry a massive 24 points lead at the top of the table. On the other hand, it has been a contrasting story for the Blues from London who are slowly recovering from what has been a rather dismal season for them.

The Premier League champions are 12th in the Premier League table and are all but out of the race for the European places. Title winning manager Jose Mourinho has been shown the door and has been replaced by interim manager Guus Hiddink, who is yet to lose a game this season. There have been sparks shown by Chelsea recently as they look to find their mojo back but against a PSG side who come into the game with such high confidence and quality it looks a huge task for the 2012 champions.

Chelsea come into this game on the back of a 5-1 win over Newcastle United with striker Diego Costa and Willian being the star players so far. But all is not well for the club as they are expected to be without captain John Terry and long term injury of Kurt Zouma and Falcao. The Blues could field Baba Rahman as a left back, with Branislav Ivanovic filling in the center back place. Alexander Pato too could be given an opportunity to make his debut.

As for the French side, they come into this game having won 4 of their last five games. While they were held to a draw by Lyon in their previous game, coach Laurent Blanc wouldn’t worry much on the talent he has at his disposal. Serge Aurier is set to miss the clash after being banned by the club for his poor behavior.

It could turn out be a very one sided affair going by the form Chelsea have shown this season, but then the Blues are known to strike back when at their worst.

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