The Blues have done it once again and one of the best comebacks in the tournament’s recent memory since we did it in 2012 against Napoli at Stamford Bridge yet again. Jose Mourinho’s men proved they are never to be underestimated no matter what the deficit might be from the first leg. The players will now feel anything is possible for the rest of the season as we fight for Premier league trophy and run as dark horses for the Champions league trophy from the teams that could complete the top 4 besides us and Real Madrid. Let’s see how this match fared and analyze the actions more..
Chelsea FC (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; David Luiz, Lampard (Ba 66); Hazard (Schurrle 17), Oscar (Torres 80), Willian; Eto’o
PSG (4-3-3): Sirigu; Jallet, Alex, Thiago Silva (c), Maxwell; Verratti (Cabaye 54), Thiago Motta, Matuidi; Lucas (Marquinhos 84), Cavani, Lavezzi (Pastore 72).
Summary: (courtesy of Sky Sports)
Mourinho had gambled on the fitness of Samuel Eto’o, including the striker in his starting XI after missing three games with a hamstring injury.
There were no signs of rustiness from the forward as he saw a shot from Eden Hazard’s excellent low cross deflected behind for a corner, before swiftly closing down Sirigu after a loose touch, only to be too eager and concede a foul on the goalkeeper.
The Blues suffered a significant blow in the 18th minute with Hazard limping out of the action and Schurrle slotting into the wide attacking role vacated by the Belgium international.
Sirigu was called into action again in the 28th minute, fisting the ball behind after plunging across his goal when Frank Lampard’s free-kick from the corner of the box, awarded for Marco Verratti’s pull-back on Oscar, took a wicked deflection off the wall.
But the breakthrough came on 32 minutes when a routine throw from the right flank was flicked on by David Luiz with substitute Schurrle allowed to ghost in unchecked and side-foot home from 12 yards out to spark scenes of jubilation at Stamford Bridge.
There were half-hearted appeals for a penalty soon after as Schurrle collided with Verratti in the box, but referee Pedro Proenca was unimpressed, with PSG breaking down the field and Lucas hammering a shot way over the bar.
Gary Cahill had a glorious opportunity to grab the second for Chelsea before the break, but snatched at the chance in the area after Lampard’s free-kick deflected up into the air off Edinson Cavani’s shoulder and only found the fans behind Sirigu’s goal.
Lucas threw himself to the ground over John Terry’s outstretched leg on the edge of the Chelsea box early in the second half, but again referee Proenca waved play on and elected to take no action against the PSG player.
PSG’s goal then lived a charmed life as Chelsea struck the face of the crossbar twice in as many minutes, with Schurrle’s first-time effort after a neat move the first to rattle the frame, before Oscar’s dipping free-kick also beat Sirigu but not the woodwork.
Petr Cech had to be alert to palm away Ezequiel Lavezzi’s whipped free-kick towards the far post in the 57th minute after Branislav Ivanovic’s foul on Blaise Matuidi, with the defender receiving a booking to rule him out of the semi-final first leg.
Mourinho sent on Ba in place of Lampard with 66 minutes gone, with the striker soon in the action to flick on towards Schurrle, but the German’s shot took a deflection on the way through to Sirigu and was easily gathered.
Cavani fired a dipping effort narrowly over Cech’s bar in the72nd minute and Maxwell was only just off target after Chelsea were sloppy in possession in the middle of the park as a few gaps began to appear with the Blues pushing forward.
Former Newcastle man Yohan Cabaye then played in Cavani with an excellent through-ball, but the striker again failed to test Cech with PSG’s best chance of the night.
Mourinho threw on Fernando Torres for the final 10 minutes and the breakthrough came with just three minutes remaining when Ba was on hand to scoop home from six yards out after a deflected shot from the edge of the box, before Cech made a crucial stop from Marquinhos deep into added time.
Thanks for reading every one and hope you have enjoyed the game. This report is courtesy from the one from Sky Sports and full credit for the text above goes to them. What We Learned to come soon after and tune in! #KTBFFH