Stats show Chelsea have edge on PSG ahead of Champions League clash
Chelsea face Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie
Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea were the first clubs out of the pot in December’s Champions League last-16 draw in Nyon.
Two months on, and the teams meet for the second successive season after last year’s epic quarter-final battle which saw Chelsea came out on top on away goals after a Demba Ba’s late strike.
Jose Mourinho had singled out Paris before the draw as his preferred opponent. The Chelsea wanted his players motivated by facing a good team early on and also noted that the travel arrangements would suit the fans if they drew the French club.
With Chelsea out of the FA Cup, they have benefited from an extended rest following their win over Everton in the Premier League last week.
PSG, however, enter the game on the back of a disappointing 2-2 draw with Caen after two very late goals from the away side.
The Ligue 1 champions are also licking their wounds after injuries to a host of key players that are now unlikely to feature against Chelsea, including Yohan Cabaye, Marquinhos, Blaise Matuidi, Serge Aurier, Lucas Moura and Thiago Motta.
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As the overall group-stage top scorers with 17 goals, including a 5-0 away win in Schalke and a 6-0 victory at home to Maribor, the Blues scored more goals in two matches than the French outfit managed in all six of their games.
Chelsea were also very solid in defence only conceding three goals in their six group matches. Only Real Madrid (2) and Monaco (1) conceded fewer. Paris, though, shipped seven goals, five of those came in their two matches against Spanish giants Barcelona.
Paris held a slightly better pass completion rate of 2 per cent, however, Chelsea dominated with a 4 per cent swing in possession and narrowly edged total passes made.
The Blues attacking and creativity did not stop at goals scored as the west London side also led the Parisian outfit for chances created, shots and shot accuracy.
The two clubs approach the clash in very different ways.
Chelsea hold the psychological advantage after their narrow victory last season while PSG sporting Director Olivier Letang has spoken of the club’s hope to gain revenge on the Blues after the London club knocked them out of last years competition.