Eden Hazard can keep Chelsea alive in the Champions League. Image courtesy of: www.sportsmole.co.uk
Having lost the opening leg of the Champions League quarter final 3-1 to Paris St Germain in France, Chelsea has little choice but to push hard on Wesdnesday morning (AEST) for a 2-0 victory or face elimination from the competition. On the other hand, PSG knows it doesn’t have to score any goals to progress, just not concede more than one.
It’s an intriguing situation with the French champions trekking to Stamford Bridge without injured spearhead Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Blues manager Jose Mourinho claiming he doesn’t have any decent strikers.
However, what Mourinho and Chelsea do have is an array of talented midfielders who can create and finish chances. They also have a defence which is particularly frugal at the Bridge. So far in the EPL this season, the Blues haven’t been beaten at home, winning 15 matches and drawing the other two. In their past five Stamford Bridge outings, Mourinho’s men have beaten Stoke 3-0 , Arsenal 6-0, Tottenham 4-0 , Everton 1-0 and Newcastle 3-0.
If there was ever a time to transfer that Premier League form to the Champions League, it’s now. That means the likes of Mohamed Salah, Willian, Frank Lampard and Eden Hazard not only need to set up opportunities but also finish them.
With Ibrahimovic sidelined, Edinson Cavani is likely to fill in at number nine, with Ezequiel Lavezzi and Lucas Moura his flankers.
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