Chelsea looked poor in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final first-leg trip to Parc de Princes, with Paris Saint-Germain scoring late to bring the final score-line to a resounding 3-1.
Jose Mourinho knows it, the supporters know it, the analysts know it, but almost more importantly, the players know it. Credit to PSG no doubt, they were the more offensively aggressive team, they defended in numbers, and simply outworked the visitors in the middle of the pitch.
He doesn't have "a real striker". Mourinho's been saying it all season, but it was especially evident after last week's loss. Andre Schurrle is a great outside midfielder, but he just didn't look as comfortable at the top of the Blues' attack, and Torres seemed like he had never played football before when he came on for the last half hour of play.
With all of that said, Chelsea still cling to the hope of advancing due to their incredibly efficient rate of production at Stamford Bridge in all competitions.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sidelined in the 68th minute due to injury, and will not feature for the French club Tuesday in the second-leg.
That in itself is a major advantage for Chelsea, Ibra being the focal point of the PSG offence with his goalscoring and his ability to pick a pass in the final third. The French side look an awful lot like Chelsea without him: outside midfielder heavy, a solid defence, and holding midfielders who can dictate the pace and direction of the match.
Eden Hazard is the key (again) for Chelsea. If he can be more aggressive attacking the box from the wing, then he can open up shooting chances for himself and teammates. On the other side, Ezequiel Lavezzi looked electric for PSG, scoring in the first four minutes off a calmly-collected volley in the box, and his constant motion on the wing added an extra layer of pressure on the Blues' back line.
Ramires is out for Chelsea due to yellow card accumulation, so the holding midfield duties will most-likely fall to David Luiz and Frank Lampard, the former possessing flair and speed, and Lampard bringing his class and experience to an otherwise adolescent midfield.
Not that you can predict a result off of history, but Chelsea have come back against first-leg deficits in the past, advancing over Napoli in the round of 16 on their magical run to the title in their 2011/12 Champions League campaign.
Just ask PSG's Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani... both men were on the Napoli squad that saw their first-leg 3-1 advantage wither away when they travelled to London.
Is it unlikely? Laurent Blanc's PSG side is playing extremely well at the moment, finally looking to be in form to turn their recent wealth into a team that can contend for major silverware at the European level.
But this would be a classic opportunity for "The Special One" and Co. to come back against the odds and advance to the semi-finals.
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