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Mikel Obi and Chelsea plot PSG fall

09/03/2016

/ by Imhons Erons
The West London giants will today face their Champions League nemesis at the Stamford Bridge in a winner-takes-all affair and their Nigerian import may well likely have a mighty say in the final outcome.
Super Eagles’ Mikel Obi is almost guaranteed a starting spot as Chelsea clash with Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge in their Champions League last-16 second-leg tie in what probably is the club's biggest game of the season on Wednesday.
Guus Hiddink’s side is struggling with injuries to a number of key players with skipper John Terry already confirmed to miss the encounter.
Diego Costa had a little problem at the weekend which is why he did not play but he was in training today so we will see for tomorrow’s game,’ the Dutchman told the club’s official website.
Pedro had a setback recently but he has been working hard and he has had some full training sessions and had a good session today, so he is back in the squad for tomorrow.’
Chelsea have the chance to exact revenge on the French side for dumping them out of Europe's elite competition last year while progressing to the quarter-finals in the process.
PSG will not prove such easy opposition as they lead the tie 2-1 and have only been beaten twice all season.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring for the hosts that night before John Obi Mikel levelled right on half-time but Laurent Blanc's side piled on the pressure and were rewarded late on when Edinson Cavani came off the bench to score the winner. 
Hiddink however is delighted with the Nigerian’s away goal that gives Chelsea the edge going into the game.  
‘It is always good to have an away goal in a European game,’ added Hiddink, turning his thoughts to the game in general.  ‘That doesn’t make it easy of course but it is a game between two big teams in European football. It will be a clash between two adventurous sides that hopefully Europe will enjoy.’
Last five matches
PSG 2 Chelsea 1 (16/02/2016)
Chelsea 2 PSG 2 (11/03/2015)
PSG 1 Chelsea 1 (17/02/2015)
Chelsea 2 PSG 0 (08/04/2014)
PSG 3 Chelsea 1 (02/04/2014)
What they are saying
Chelsea coach Hiddink: "We will need to be angry from the start on Wednesday, but in a controlled way. The players must be fully concentrated because we are playing a class team and they will punish you if you start sloppy.
"In those big games, you cannot guarantee that players won’t make errors, but regarding the concentration level and the attention level, that’s automatic – I don’t have any fear of that."
PSG manager Blanc: "Despite the score, there are positives tonight. The match went as we'd planned, we rested players and made changes when we'd planned. The squad responded well and we can be happy not to have any new injuries ahead of the Chelsea match.
"On Sunday, we turn our attentions to the Chelsea match. Everyone is waiting for that game. We will do what we can to prepare for a big game on Wednesday."
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