Chris Waddle reacts to Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat by PSG

Chris Waddle believes Chelsea can still qualify for Champions League quarter-finals despite 2-1 loss at PSG

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff    

Chris Waddle says Chelsea will believe that they can beat PSG at Stamford Bridge and progress to the Champions League quarter-finals despite a 2-1 defeat on Tuesday night.

The Blues fell behind in the first half after Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel deflected Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s free-kick past Thibaut Courtois.

However, the 28-year-old Nigeria international made amends with an equaliser before half-time following a Chelsea set-piece at Parc des Princes.

But Guus Hiddink’s side couldn’t hold on for a 1-1 draw after PSG substitute Edinson Cavani scored with 12 minutes remaining to secure a 2-1 first-leg win for the hosts.

The Premier League champions host PSG in the return leg at Stamford Bridge on 9 March.

And former Marseille midfielder Waddle believes Chelsea can progress if Hiddink’s side score first in west London.

Hoddle told BBC Sport: “There is not a lot between these two team. PSG edged it in the second-half, they upped the tempo and Chelsea struggled with it.

“Chelsea go back to Stamford Bridge 2-1 down knowing if they get the first goal they are in the driving seat. They will believe they can get a goal against PSG.”

Chelsea drew 2-2 after extra-time with the French side in the last-16 at Stamford Bridge last season.

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However, the west Londoners were 2-1 winners against PSG in the Champions League quarter-finals in 2014.

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