Paris Saint Germain, on a 6 game winning streak in Ligue 1and with a 13 point lead, have all but secured the French Title and hence are totally concentrated on the QuarterFinal with Chelsea.They are the 2nd most powerful squad behind Munich as they have 2 players for each position and the Bench Players are former inernationals.
PSG usually play a 4-3-3 as follows:
GK- Sirigu- Italian International, and an excellent shot stopper but lacks concentration and is Susceptible to blunders.
LB- Maxwell-A former Barca Fullback, Maxwell is defensively strong and decent going forward, but defense is his strong point.
CB- Thiago Silva- The best centre back in the world and the lychpin of the PSG team.He has no weakness but his defensive partner ultimately defines the game.
CB-Alex/Marquinhos- Alex, a former Blue , famous for his rocket freekicks is a good tackler and a threat on corners but being 3 years older since he left us, his pace has surely waned and can be caught out.
Marquinhos- a 30 million purchase from AS Roma is a defender for the future but appears error prone in Defense and can be bullied around.
RB- Van der Wiel- The Dutch International was previously linked to us and is excellent going forward with great passing ability and Vision and is a major component of PSG's attack play but is the weakest component of the PSG back line.
CDM-Thiago Motta- The Italian Midfield General is an experienced old cookie with great tactical acumen and has surprisingly been scoring goals in the past few matches.He holds the Midfield together and at times acts as a 3rd CB.
RCM-Matiudi- Ramires with higher techincal Ability and greater Footballing brain.Thats Matiudi for you. A tireless runner just like Ramries, he posseses hgood passing range and his 1-2s with Ibra has been the Pattern of many PSG goals
LCM- Verrati- Andrea Pirlo's natural heir, verrati is an excellent passer of the ball,a fierce competitor and reads the game well and therefore is always at the right place defensively and his stats prove that he provides the maximum key passes in this team.
LW- Lavezzi, our tormentor in that Dark night in Naples, Lavezzi is a player who thrives on the big occasion and saves his A game for the best games,but regular followers of PSG might concur that Lavezzi is a tad bit frustating, with his decison making for passing and finishing at crucial points leaving much to be desired for. But his pace and commitment will mean Iva has his hands full.
RW- Cavani-The name is Enough. A tireless worker and a great Finsher, Azpi along with Willian needs to be at his best to Combat the duel threat of Cavani/ Van Der Wiel.
ST- Ibra- The superstar, One Man Army, one moment is all he requires. Champions League is the only trophy missing from his cabinet and critics have doubted that without UCL, Ibra's legacy as a European will be tarnished.This means Ibra will put his all as he knows there are only a few chances left for him and this PSG team presents him the best chance to win the UCL, just needs him to be at his usual inspiring best.
Bench-keeper Douchez,Jallet- a steady defender ( Paulo Ferreira of PSG),Pastore(That 42 million and Palermo's President,who can foget him,Pastore is an enigma misses more than hits,but never know can be their secret weapon, Lucas Moura-He can start the game and is a live wire in the true sense.His solo attempt against Marseille where he carried the ball from his own half and scored what wouldhave been the goal of the season,Moura is a pure brazilian winger with pace and dribbling Ability.Cabaye- an ex-newcastle player and we all know about his qualities, a great CM who has also added some goals in his repertoire and just shows the strength of this PSG team that Cabaye serves as a backup.
P.S- PSG weakness lies in the RB area where Van der wiel Leaves the Space clear and Cavani, though being good defensively is a Striker and our best Chance will come from the RIght. We need to Man -mark Oscar on Verrati,, Ramires to follow Blaise and as Mourinho Likes, Luiz to follow Ibra so that Terry Cahill are not dragged into a fight with Ibra as there will only be 1 winner and that will lead to Open spaces. Iva can handle Lavezzi with a little help from Hazard, thereby Hazard will not be shackled by defensive duties but the Rw, i.e Willian needs to follow Azpi and help him combat the double team, unlike Palace on Saturday where both our FBs were left to deal with double teams on their own.Chelsea predicted Team- Cech-Iva-Terry-Cahill-Azpi-
I am fully confident that Mourinho will make the team bounce back and we will win 1-2