UCL Preview: Chelsea Travel To Paris To Face PSG, Real Madrid, Rampaging Ronaldo Host Borussia Dortmund

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BY MATTHEW LEVINE
Staff Writer

Chelsea open their Champions League quarterfinal traveling to face Paris St. Germian. After a poor weekend losing to Crystal Palace, the Blues will look for a much better display against the Ligue Un front runners.

The Blues will be without Samuel Eto’o, who did not make the trip due to injury. This will greatly effect the Chelsea attack with Fernando Torres continuing his inconsistency while Demba Ba has barely gotten off the pitch this season.

PSG are blessed with three quality strikers, all capable of popping up with important goals. Edison Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic spearhead a potent PSG attack. Ibrahimovic already has 10 goals in the competition and will look to add to his tally.

Playing away from home, Jose Mourinho will most likely set his team out to defend first and try to hit the Parisian club on the counter. If they both start, Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle should be the catalysts in starting Chelsea attacking moves. That tactic could work perfectly for the Blues as both PSG fullbacks, Maxwell and Gregory van der Wiel like to get forward.

Although the home side boasts a potent attack, it could be the midfield area which determines the outcome. Blaise Matuidi will play a crucial role. Not only does he need to break up any Chelsea forward movements, but he will be crucial in beginning the attack for PSG.

Other Champions League Fixtures

1. Champions League Rematch– Last season Borussia Dortmund knocked out Real Madrid en route to making the final and ultimately losing to fellow German club Bayern Munich. With Madrid in strong form, a repeat will be tough to come by.

In last year’s match-up Robert Lewandowski tallied four times. This year, Madrid boast the most in-form player in the competition. Cristiano Ronaldo tops the scoring charts with 13 so far. In the last round, Dortmund conceded four times over the two legs to Zenit St. Petersburg. If the defenders can’t find a way to shore things up at the back it could be a long two legs for the German club.

It won’t just be Ronaldo who could punish the visiting side. Both Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale have chipped in with timely goals.

Dortmund will be in some trouble on the attacking end with Lewandowski suspended for the opening leg. One player that will need to step up is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Real will look to dispel a second German club from the competition after easing past Schalke in the last round.