For a player whose sixth goal in 356 Champions League appearances did not arrive till last month, it sounds odd Nigeria’s John Mikel Obi will be seeking to be among the goals in tonight’s Round of 16 cracker at Stamford Bridge against Paris Saint Germaine.
Chelsea trail PSG 2-1 heading into this second leg tie.
A reasonably late goal from Cavani saw PSG come out on top in the first leg. Ibrahimovic had given the Ligue 1 side the lead but a rare Mikel goal had Chelsea level on the stroke of half time. There were five bookings in total and this second leg is sure to be fiercely contested.
Since the first leg Chelsea have progressed in the FA Cup and won two Premier League road trips at Southampton and Norwich but they may well have had this game on their minds when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Stoke at The Bridge last weekend.
The defeat in Paris remains the only loss suffered by Hiddink since he returned to the club as coach. Chelsea have lost just two of their last 22 Champions League home games and they won all three of their group matches in front of their own supporters this season, seeing off Maccabi (4-0), Dinamo Kyiv (2-1) and Porto (2-0).
PSG continue to cruise towards the Ligue 1 title with a whopping 23 point lead at the top of the standings but progress in this competition rather than dominance of their domestic game is where they will be judged. Their only defeat in Europe this season came 1-0 at Real Madrid in the group stage.
Although the lead is slender and Chelsea have an away goal, PSG are in a stronger position than when they faced Chelsea at this stage of last season’s competition. The first leg had been drawn in Paris (1-1) and despite playing an hour of the return with ten men after Ibrahimovic was red carded, they drew 1-1 in 90 minutes and 2-2 after extra time to go through on the away goals rule.


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