Three weeks ago, Chelsea completed half the set. After first leg results of a 3-1 loss (2014) and a 1-1 draw (2015), we managed a 2-1 loss this time around.
So what does that mean for the second leg? Two years ago, we came back to win the tie thanks to the magical 2-0 and Demba Ba's last-minute goal. Last year, PSG came back twice, with 10-men to win on away goals after a 2-2 draw. So, obviously Chelsea will win 2-1 this time around. And then we'll go to a penalty shootout, just as we practiced in the summer.
This is science, written in the stars.
Date / Time: Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 19:45 GMT; 2:45pm EST; 1:15am IST (next day)
Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6
Referee: Felix Brych — Mr. Brych will take charge of a Chelsea match for the fourth time. We've won all three previous ones, including the comeback against Napoli, the 1-0 against Barcelona a month later, and the 2-0 against Galatasaray in the Round of 16 two years ago. All very good omens.
Forecast: Cold, possibly rainy, possibly windy. Legends are born on such nights.
On TV: BT Sport Europe (UK); Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes (USA); Ten Action, Ten HD (India)
Streaming online: BT Sport Live (UK); Fox Sports Go, Fox Soccer 2Go (USA); Ten Sports Live (India)
Chelsea team news: John Terry is set to miss his sixth consecutive match. Pretty impressive for a "minor" hamstring injury. But, Pedro should be back after missing two games with his "minor" hamstring injury, though it's not clear if that will be in a starting role. Kurt Zouma and Radamel Falcao are long-term absentees, and while the latter has actually returned to training, he's not eligible for the Champions League since we didn't register him. Not that he would come close to even sniffing the bench as the fifth-choice center forward on the team currently.
The 2-1 first leg loss was Chelsea's first loss since sacking Mourinho. It was Guus Hiddink's second ever loss as Chelsea boss. And while the weekend's result was disappointing, confidence in the dressing room remains high. Everybody's saying the right things. Now we just have to produce the actual goods for the 90 minutes (and any extra that may be needed) on Wednesday.
Winning the Champions League remains Chelsea's only hope of reaching the competition next year. What are the chances of pulling off another 2012? Probably not very good. Hope dies last.
PSG team news: As customary, PSG are sweating the fitness of a couple key players, but as customary, they probably won't be missing from the matchday squad. This year, the two injury concerns are key midfielders Marco Verratti ("doubtful") and Blaise Matuidi (probable). Should either miss out, Chelsea's chances of progressing would certainly improve ... but I'm quite sure we'll have to do it the hard way. PSG manager Laurent Blanc loves to tease with these injuries almost as much as PSG social media accounts like to engage in stupid "banter". Both are annoying, and at the end of the day laughable, in their own special way.
The only major absence for PSG will be right back Serge Aurier, who's been demoted to the reserves following his antics on social media. Marquinhos deputized capably enough in the first leg.
Chelsea have been held scoreless just once at the Bridge all season (Bournemouth, of all teams). PSG failed to score away from home just twice all season. While a 1-0 result would do just fine for the Blues, chances are we'll have to score a few more than that. We haven't kept a clean sheet in seven straight. If we are looking to cling to a few scraps of hope, PSG have gone 2-1-1 since the first leg while Chelsea have won 3 and drawn just once. But previous form goes out the window on big, emotion-filled occasions such as this.
Who wants it more?
Previously: Oh, you know what's coming.