Pat Nevin: Chelsea capable of beating PSG 2-0 and reaching last four
Former Chelsea midfielder Pat Nevin believes the Blues can beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 and book their semi-final place
Pat Nevin believes Chelsea are capable of beating Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 and qualifying for the Champions League semi-final draw.
The Blues are facing the daunting task of having to overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit after a sluggish performance at Parc des Princes last Wednesday.
Chelsea warmed up for the clash with a 3-0 victory over Stoke City on Saturday, and the Blues have won their last six home games to nil.
“With any luck Chelsea will have another clean sheet at the Bridge and if we manage that, then 2-0 is still very do-able for us. I am sure the French side will have taken note of our fantastic defensive record at home and realised this tie is a long way from being over,” Nevin wrote in his column on Chelsea’s website.
Nevin also earmarked Lavezzi’s understanding with strike partner Edinson Cavani as one of the biggest threats to Chelsea’s hopes of a comeback and a last-four place.
“With no Zlatan, it does give Cavani the chance to retract the bottom lip somewhat and play in his favoured central role,” Nevin added.
“His understanding with Lavezzi is of course pretty special, but why wouldn’t it be if someone is giving you that quality of service?
“Maybe that is the biggest danger for me. Lavezzi’s corners and free kicks are lethal.”
Chelsea v PSG: Pre-match facts
• The Blues have kept eight successive clean sheets at Stamford Bridge, and are unbreached in 732 minutes since Javier Hernández’s consolation in Manchester United’s 3-1 loss on 19 January.
• Chelsea beat visitors Arsenal 6-0 on 22 March – the Blues’ biggest victory under Jose Mourinho.
• Paris have conceded three penalties in their last four Champions League games.
• Only Barcelona’s Xavi Hernández has attempted and completed (1,016/936) more passes than Paris midfielder Thiago Motta (872/785) in this season’s Champions League.