The Champions League is back and Chelsea square off against Paris-Saint Germain. One of the most awaited and anticipated draws unfolds tonight as Chelsea travel to Parc des Princes for the thriller.
Chelsea head to Paris high on confidence after a riveting victory against Everton at the Bridge. However, Les Parisien seem to be low on confidence after a draw against SM Caen at home. Another, major concern for PSG seems to be the injury woes they suffer. According to reports, Marquinhos, Yohan Cabaye, Lucas Moura, Javier Pastore and Serge Aurier are suffering from injuries. In the Chelsea injury list, John Obi Mikel is out due to minor knee problem. Chelsea know that PSG will pose a serious threat and should not be underestimated. So, without much deferral let’s have a look at the key player battles we might experience in today’s intriguing game.
1. John Terry vs Zlatan Ibrahimovi?:
The Swede has always been a peril to the opposition and can score goals at will. His opening goal against Caen was a delight to watch. Another major threat that Zlatan possess is his ability to score from any part from the pitch. Also, he brings his kung-fu shoots and bicycle kicks to the table which makes him the player that Chelsea should keep an eye on. However, to curtail the Swedish forward John Terry seems like the ideal counterpart. The former-England and Chelsea captain very well knows how to stop Zlatan and he proved his mettle last year and didn’t allow him to break away. Although Zlatan didn’t play for long last season. Also, both the players are not the quickest so it’s an advantage for both the players.
2. Cesar Azpilicueta vs Ezequiel Lavezzi:
Azpilicueta and Lavezzi have quite same backdrops in their teams. Both are underrated, both perform for the team selflessly and step up when their teams ask for. The duel between them would be interesting and surely eye-catching. Last year, Lavezzi opened his team’s goal scoring tally with a brace. Lavezzi is very quick and is a nightmare if gets some space in the final third. On the other hand, Dave Azpilicueta is strong and holds his ground very well. It would be good to see these two hardworking players combat tonight.
3. Diego Costa vs David Luiz:
It will surely be a night for David Luiz to remember as he faces his ex-club and things will be emotional for him. Some pre-match nerves may even affect him but we as Chelsea fans very well know how dedicated the Brazilian beast is. His tackling abilities are the one to watch out for. Apart from the defensive contributions he is a master of set-pieces. But, today he will be against Diego Costa or El Cholo as he is called. Costa will be playing his first game after serving a 3-match ban and things are going to heaten up between the two them. This competition is surely keeping crowds on the edge of their seats and will give people their money’s worth.
Some honorable mentions:
4. Thiago Silva vs Eden Hazard
5. Edinson Cavani vs Gary Cahill
6. Marco Veratti vs Nemanja Matic
Edited By: Ojas Tripathi