Chelsea travel to Paris knowing they came through a two-legged affair in last season’s Champions League quarter-finals, although they won’t look back too fondly on their previous trip to the Parc des Princes.
The Blues suffered a 3-1 defeat to PSG in first leg as Ezequiel Lavezzi, Javier Pastore and a David Luiz own-goal, but a Eden Hazard penalty in the first half registered the crucial away goal that would carry Jose Mourinho’s side through.
Chelsea went on to win 2-0 in the second leg, with the now departed pair of Andre Schurrle and Demba Ba scoring to set-up a semi-final encounter with Atletico Madrid. While they scraped through by the skin of their teeth, Chelsea can certainly take confidence from the aggregate victory as well as the fact that they are a much stronger outfit this season.
That comes partly down to the sale of defender David Luiz to, of all teams, PSG. Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma have alternated this season as John Terry’s playing partner in a reliable back-four, and they can be quietly confident of keeping a clean sheet over both ties providing they are at their best.
PSG vs Chelsea - combined XI
PSG vs Chelsea - combined XI
1/11 GK: Thibaut Courtois
This isn't even a selection between the PSG and Chelsea goalkeepers - it's a selection between the Chelsea No 1 and No 2. PSG would agree as they have courted both to replace Salvatore Sirigu in recent months. Jose Mourinho has handed the gloves back to the Belgian, who has recovered from a shaky spell last month - Courtois was the reason Chelsea won at Upton Park.
2/11 RB: Branislav Ivanovic
The Serbian is the best at his position in the Premier League and one could make a convincing argument that he is the best right-back in world football, although he made some uncharacteristic errors at West Ham. Rarely beaten, he also carries a good attacking threat as a crosser and from set-pieces. Gregory van der Wiel is pretty much a winger playing in defence, he relies way too much on his pace to get him out of trouble - Eden Hazard will be looking forward to facing him again.
3/11 CB: Thiago Silva
The Brazil captain, named to the Uefa Team of the Year, is one of the premier defenders in world football; Brazil would not have lost to Germany 7-1 in the World Cup with him in the side. Gary Cahill has been back to his old spell after being dropped a month ago, but isn't a patch on Silva.
4/11 CB: John Terry
David Luiz may come with the £50million price-tag but Chelsea fans will know his (and John Terry's) true value as a centre-back. This is an easy decision, Luiz may look Hollywood when he blazes about the pitch, but he's not a good defender. Chelsea were laughing all the way to the bank in the summer.
5/11 LB: Cesar Azpilicueta
The Spaniard has looked slightly ragged in recent weeks but he remains one of the best full-backs in world football. Maxwell, now 33, is serviceable but will be one of the players Chelsea will look to expose.
6/11 CM: Nemanja Matic
Thiago Motta is back from injury but he is a level below the giant Serbian, who returns from suspension after his altercation with Ashley Barnes. Matic has been critical to Chelsea's title and European push this season and Jose Mourinho will expect another big game from him.
7/11 CM: Blaise Matuidi
The energetic midfielder is absolutely key for Laurent Blanc's team, tasked with the job of stifling Cesc Fabregas. Matuidi, who drives the team forward, was hugely impressive in Paris and edges in front of Ramires, who could perform a similar job at Stamford Bridge. He will have his work cut out by the Spaniard, however.
8/11 CM: Cesc Fabregas
The Spanish maestro has not been as good as he was earlier in the season with a heavy work load seemingly catching up. But he is better than anything PSG are able to field in the middle. Marco Verratti is an exciting young player but has a long way to go to reach Fabregas' level.
9/11 RW: Javier Pastore
The Argentina winger was unable to start in the first leg as he was carrying a slight injury but he is fit and firing now. PSG have won three and drawn one of their last four since his return, with Pastore scoring once and adding two assists. Willian's energy and work rate is crucial to the way Chelsea play, but he has just eight goals and eight assists since joining the club.
10/11 LW: Eden Hazard
An easy choice and one that both managers would surely agree on. PSG are huge admirers of the Belgian winger and have constantly been linked with him in the last couple of seasons. Edinson Cavani is a hugely talented player but has to play out of position to accommodate Ibrahimovic.
11/11 ST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
A tough decision picking the Swede over Diego Costa, who himself has enjoyed a stellar season. In real life neither club would swap their striker for the other, but Zlatan nudges slightly ahead on current form - Costa hasn't scored since 17 January.
Diego Costa will also return from suspension having served the three-match ban he received for stamping on Liverpool’s Emre Can, but Mourinho has already expressed his concern at the striker’s lack of playing time and subsequent match fitness.
PSG will look towards talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic to inspire them to victory and consecutive Champions League quarter-final appearances.
KICK-OFF: Tonight, 7.45pm.
PAST THREE MEETINGS:
Chelsea 2 PSG 0, Champions League QF second-leg, 8 April 2014
PSG 3 Chelsea 1, Champions League QF first-leg, 2 April 2014
Chelsea 0 PSG 0, Champions League group stage, 24 Nov 2004
Cesc Fabregas has assisted 19 goal sin 32 games in all competitions for Chelsea this season, 11 more than any other player.
For Chelsea goalkeepers - Petr Cech has kept six clean sheets in 13 appearances this season, No 1 Thibaut Courtois has kept 10 clean sheets in 23 games.
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