With the Premier League season going as poorly for Chelsea as it has in many years, the only hope of the Blues returning to the Champions League rests on winning the competition for a second time, repeating the feat that saw Tottenham Hotspur left out of the competition following the 2011/12 season. On Tuesday, the club begins their quest to do just that, heading to Paris to take on PSG, in the first leg of a two-legged knockout tie.
These two clubs are quite familiar with each other at this point in time, having met in the knockout phase of the competition in each of the past two seasons. This time, however, it's not Jose Mourinho in charge of Chelsea, but Guus Hiddink on the sideline.
Hiddink hasn't lost yet since taking over at Chelsea, a streak he'd surely very much like to continue on tuesday evening in France. His lineup looks a bit different due to injuries to Kurt Zouma and John Terry, however, and here's who the Duthchman have decided to go with against the Ligue 1 leaders:
Chelsea FC team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic (c), Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Mikel; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Diego Costa. #PSGCHE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 16, 2016
Meanwhile, PSG is dealing with some selection issues of their own, with Laurent Blanc dealing with both injury and idiocy in the buildup to this one. Here's who he chose for this match:
PSG team: Trapp, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva (c), David Luiz, Maxwell, Verratti, Thiago Motta, Matuidi, Moura, Ibrahimovic, Di Maria. #PSGCHE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 16, 2016
As always, please abide be the Community Guidelines today, and let's hope for a performance like the one we saw this weekend. KTBFFH!