Chelsea beat PSG 2-0 at Stamford Bridge last season to go through on away goals, and will be up to repeat the feat this year.
Jose Mourinho is fresh from winning his first trophy in his second spell as Chelsea manager and has his eyes on the treble if his side can capture the league title.
PSG will not bow down easily, but the Chelsea supporters will be hoping for another special night at the Bridge. Here are three reasons why they should be anticipating a Blues victory.
Mourinho – master tactician
Major Wembley final, key player out injured – play young centre-back in midfield and win the cup! That was Mourinho’s plan for the League Cup Final and it worked perfectly! With Nemanja Matic out suspended, Kurt Zouma stepped up and played admirably in an unfamiliar position, thwarting Spurs through the middle all day. That is just one example of the calculated risks Mourinho enjoys making on the big occasion, and it would be no surprise for him to do so again tonight. So often Mourinho has outsmarted the opposing manager, and PSG will have to be wary of what ‘The Special One’ has up his sleeve.
Lack of defensive cover perfect for Blues
Preferring a 4-3-3 shape with Zlatan, Lavezzi and Cavani up top, PSG may leave themselves exposed if Matuidi and Pastore bomb forwards leaving Verratti isolated. The same could be said for David Luiz in a midfield position, and true for the two full-backs, Gregory van der Wiel and Maxwell. It is a very attack-minded PSG side, and although they may sit deeper away from home, there’s little cover when teams mount a counter attack. PSG have to score, and the longer it stays goalless, the better it is for Chelsea, who can expose the space in behind. The French side will hope for a smash and grab, but will need to analyse the state of the game at regular intervals and not leave themselves exposed.
They have one of the best keepers in the world
Thibaut Courtois, the excellent Belgian keeper, has yet to be fully extended as Chelsea stopper during his short Blues career to date. That test is likely to come against Zlatan and Cavani tonight, but he’ll be ready, just like he was when he came to the Bridge with Atletico Madrid last season. Whatever chances the attacking trio of PSG can muster, you’d back Courtois to make the necessary saves. If PSG resort to high balls into the box late on you can bet that Courtois will be the man to relieve the pressure and take an outstanding catch in the midst of an Anglo-French melee!