For the third season running, Chelsea will be facing the Champions of France in an early Champions League knockout round. Just like the previous two years, the first leg will be in Paris, handing a slight advantage to the Blues. Two years ago, we turned that advantage into a most memorable European night at the Bridge in the quarterfinals. Last year, we spurned that advantage in an almost as spectacular manner (though not in a good way) in the Round of 16.
Most of the squad remains the same from that terrible extra-time elimination last season against ten-men, but hopefully that means most of the key players involved will be extra motivated to do a bit better. The extra motivation should alleviate any fatigue or even confidence issues, though Saturday's 5-1 win, combined with the twelve-match unbeaten run, should have also taken care of the latter.
Injury issues won't be so easily taken care of unfortunately, which means that we'll have to make do without Radamel Falcao, Kurt Zouma, and, probably, John Terry as well. Oscar missed the weekend's game with a last-minute knock, at least according to some reports, but those same reports claim that he'll be back available for Tuesday. It's just as likely that it was just a rest & recovery break for the kid to ensure he keeps in top form and such. Same difference, at the end of the day.
PSG are dealing with a few issues of their own, but they remain the firm favorites for at least this first leg match, if not the whole tie. It's up to us to mastermind their downfall. Choose wisely.