Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain blogs, CFCnet and 1970 PSG, on last night's unexpected comeback by the French champions.
If Bayern Munich’s rout of Shakhtar yesterday evening was inevitable then it wouldn’t be too much a stretch of the imagination to suggest Chelsea’s home game against PSG was certainly in their favour too. With the sending off of Zlatan Ibrahimovic after half an hour that favour multiplied a hundred times. But never expect the expected in football…
“Simply, Paris Saint Germain were the better side by far and showed more desire, passion and quality,” says Simon Phillips from Chelsea blog, CFCnet. “We set ourselves up too defensively in both matches and lacked real finesse or any ability to control the game. Far too many errors and emphasis on getting involved in little scuffles and not enough energy on keeping the ball and dominating.”
Ross Mackiewicz from 1970 PSG noted that, “The performance last night was one quite possibly the most inspiring from a PSG side in recent years. To not only go to Stamford Bridge and play them off the park, but to do it with 10-men made quite a statement to the rest of Europe.”
“Tactically, Chelsea were poor over the both legs and it back fired,” said CFCnet. “Although we were very hard to beat and didn’t actually lose to PSG, it’s a style that was always going to be risky and in the end saw us exit the Champions League.”
“Everybody in the Parisian shirt played for each other, which was all the more impressive,” said Ross. “They wanted it more.”
So PSG have set themselves up for the UEFA Champions League quarter finals alongside FC Porto, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. Unless Arsenal can pull off a miracle next week, the French champions will be joined by fellow Ligue 1 side Monaco, with advantage in favour of Juventus, Barcelona and Bayer Leverkusen in the other games. But, as we said, never expect the expected in football…
You can read both 1970 PSG and CFCnet blogs in the Onefootball app, and their respective posts on last night’s game can be read online here: CFCnet match report, 1970 PSG match report. Both blogs are part of the Football Collective network, a partner of Onefootball.