A 3-1 defeat at the Parc des Princes hardly seems like the kind of score Chelsea will have wanted to take back to Stamford Bridge, but given Paris Saint-Germain’s propensity for putting their feet up when the job seems done it may just prove ideal.
The French side’s Champions League campaign has been littered with booms and relative busts and the trend could well continue in west London.
Jose Mourinho’s men are 51/20 underdogs in the betting for Champions League semi-final qualification, with PSG supermodel-skinny at 1/4 to progress.
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Complacency has already reared it’s ugly head for Les Rouges et Bleues in this year’s group stage.
After winning their first three games to nil by at least three goals, they drew with Anderlecht, scraped a win over a Europa League-bound Benfica side and lost to Olympiakos in the remaining three fixtures.
In the round of 16 the formula of might followed by mundanity was in evidence once more.
PSG humiliated opponents Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 in Germany, but with a similar outcome seemingly guaranteed in Paris they stumbled to a 2-1 win in which Sami Hyypia’s side missed a penalty.
It’s fair to say that not one of that quartet of rivals would be expected to trouble Chelsea.
The Blues have failed to win just three of their 21 home games this term, scoring more than once in all bar five, so their guests are sure be punished if they leave any of their intensity on the Eurostar.
Quite apart from the Parisians’ tendency to take their feet of the gas, fate has intervened to aid Chelsea’s cause.
Ten-goal Champions League totem Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been ruled out for the return tie after pulling up with a muscle injury after 68 minutes in Paris.