Paris Saint-Germain adapted excellently after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s dismissal, and progressed on away goals courtesy of two headed goals from their centre-backs.
The most surprising name on the Chelsea teamsheet was Oscar, who was preferred over his fellow Brazilian Willian. This hinted at Jose Mourinho’s preferred midfield format.
In defence, Gary Cahill was selected instead of Kurt Zouma, who has recently impressed both in defence and midfield. Nemanja Matic was fit to return in the holding role.
Laurent Blanc was able to call upon Thiago Motta, which meant David Luiz could return to centre-back. In turn, this meant Blanc moved Marquinhos out to right-back, as he’s considered a better defender than Gregory van der Wiel, and because Eden Hazard was Chelsea’s main threat.
Further forward, playmaker Javier Pastore was favoured over wide forward Ezequiel Lavezzi.
PSG played for more than 90 minutes with a man disadvantage, and yet still performed magnificently, competing in terms of possession and creating a few chances. Mourinho, unusually magnanimous in defeat, admitted afterwards that his team hadn’t deserved to progress. Read more »