In anticipation for the most talked about Champions League tie between PSG and Chelsea, a series of former professionals have come out of the woodwork to offer their opinion on the closely matched tie. Speaking on talkSPORT, former Man City and Liverpool player Dietman Hamann has predicted a comprehensive defeat for Chelsea.
“I think Chelsea will get beat tonight and be on their way out of the competition. PSG have a lot of quality players.”
“It will be a long, long evening for Chelsea…I think PSG will win two or three nil.”
Without a doubt, Chelsea face a tough test tonight, but such a prediction would run against probabilities. For a start, Mourinho sides very rarely suffer such defeats on the road and, red cards and bizarre events notwithstanding, the Blues are unlikely to do so tonight.
Added to this imposing record is PSG manager Laurent Blanc’s relative lack of experience at this level of the game. In his first season as a Champions League coach, Blanc is yet to tackle a fixture which demands such a high degree of tactical acumen and expertise.
Hamann is on point when he points to the individual quality of the PSG squad, but the current crop at Stamford Bridge is arguably just as formidable. Undoubtedly, Chelsea’s chances have taken a blow through the absence of Samuel Eto’o through injury, but a Blues’ fans will be hoping that a Mourinho master plan will compensate for his lack of personnel.
Eto’o’s likely replacement, Fernando Torres, is actually is decent European form. Despite recent, well documented, struggles in the Premier League, Torres has scored in three of his five Champions League appearances this season. In the midst of the negative publicity that surrounds the Spaniard, two stirring performances against PSG would be enough to endear Torres to Chelsea fans once more.