Chelsea must line up defensively against PSG in the Champions League

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To the dismay of Chelsea fans, their club enters next Wednesday's Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 down on aggregate following their defeat to the French side on February 16.

However, the west Londoners' performance in Paris gives them reason to remain positive of their prospects, especially so given John Obi Mikel's away strike.

With PSG’s exceptional form of late in comparison to Chelsea's struggles, many expected the Ligue 1 champions to demolish the Blues at the Parc de Princes, yet this wasn't to be the case.

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A return home fixture will likely give Guus Hiddink's side heightened confidence of sealing their place in the quarter-finals, especially when spurred on by their fans.

Their away goal puts them in a very good position, so much so that even a 1-0 victory would be enough to progress - a tall ask against a side of PSG's quality, of course.

The Blues' form has improved considerably in recent times, but if they're to emerge victorious against Laurent Blanc's men they might want to consider sacrificing some of their bigger names up top to field a defensively-orientated side.

Therefore, it might be wise to leave the likes of Eden Hazard or Pedro on the bench in favour of playing Nemanja Matic.

A defensive line-up presents it's own risk of inviting pressure, of course, and it's going to take a strong performance to keep out the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Angel di Maria, but history dictates that Chelsea are capable of catching their opponents on the counter attack to claim the goal they so desperately need.

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Not since Jose Mourinho's reign have the Blues 'parked the bus', but against a side of PSG's quality they'll struggle to match them across the park and must bide their time to strike.

Chelsea's improved form couldn't be more timely amidst their bid to secure European football, but they must be clever about the way they tackle PSG or risk an early exit and their best chance of playing in the Champions League next campaign.

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