A spirited Chelsea performance was undone by a Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s led PSG side as the French Champions won the Champions League Round of 16 tie with a 4-2 aggregate score.
The game at Stamford Bridge started in the similar way to the one at Parc des Princes a fortnight ago. PSG enjoyed more of the more in the opening exchanges and got the early goal through Adrien Rabiot’s strike on 16th minute.
Diego Costa equalized for Chelsea on 27th minute, but he could not continue the game after being forced to leave due to a hamstring injury. Costa’s substitution changed the game and allowed PSG to get a strong grip on the tie.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic soon scored the killer blow for Chelsea by netting PSG’s second away goal on the night and virtually ended any of Chelsea’s hopes. From that point, Chelsea needed 3 more goals without a reply to go through.
Zlatan’s goal broke the spirit inside Stamford Bridge as Chelsea players looked deflated and almost given up. With the win, PSG go through to the quarter finals of Champions League, while it is time for Chelsea to go to the drawing board and plan for next season.
On the wake of Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to PSG, we take a look at Things Learned and Key Talking Points from Stamford Bridge.
PSG may have won against Chelsea, but looked far from a side who can go and win the Champions League this season. Their goals came more from Chelsea’s defensive errors than their own brilliance. PSG kept giving the ball away in midfield, which led to Chelsea’s only goal on the night.
If PSG have any intention of going all the way this season, they need to sure up their midfield and be more ruthless in their play.
Chelsea’s pressing was impeccable
Well at least till Zlatan Ibrahmovic’s goal which killed the game entirely. Until that point, Chelsea looked up for the fight and were giving PSG some very uncomfortable moments. Adrien Rabiot looked nervous on his first major start and Chelsea attacked him to win easy possession and build their attacks.
Zlatan delivers on the big stage
A lot has been said over the years about how Ibrahimovic does not deliver on the big stage, and specially against the English tams. Stamford Bridge crowd did try to get on his nerves early on by booing him, but it did not help, rather it irritated the Demigod and he retaliated with the vital goal and an assist for PSG’s opening goal.
Costa, Willian and Hazard key players for Chelsea
Willian has been Chelsea’s best player this season, it goes without saying, but the way Diego Costa and Eden Hazard have found their form after a difficult start, has been a major boost for the Blues. Until their injuries, Costa and Hazard looked sharp, hungry and motivated to do well. They may play little part in remainder of this season, but their role in bringing Chelsea back to the top will be key next summer.
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