The absence of some Brazilian midfield flair could partly be blamed for Chelsea’s most recent Premier League defeat at Crystal Palace, but their three musketeers can travel to Paris to ensure a positive result ahead of the second leg at Stamford Bridge.
It was a problem of shooting accuracy that largely undid Chelsea at Selhurst Park, as they only hit the target with two of their 21 efforts at goal.
Samuel Eto’o missed the Palace defeat through injury and his absence could be felt again at PSG, given that he is Chelsea’s most accurate shooter in the Champions League this season.
Andre Schurrle comes second in the field of shots on target and Jose Mourinho has already tinkered with a false nine leading the line, when the German started up top in a 0-0 at Old Trafford at the start of the campaign.
This result would satisfy Chelsea again and so a case can certainly be made on Schurrle starting in attack, especially as an away goal could be critical and he averages more shots per game than any other Blues player in the Champions League this season.
A goalless draw between PSG and Chelsea can be backed at 25/4, while Schurrle is 18/5 to net at any time in the 90 minutes.
As for the Brazilians, Willian could start right, Oscar as a number 10 and Ramires as one half of the double midfield pivot in front of the back four.
Oscar’s performances have dipped of late, but he is among the best in world football for diligently carrying out his defensive work in an advanced position.
This may be crucial in Paris, as Thiago Motta and Marco Veratti feature in the top ten of players to complete the most passes in the Champions League this season.
Oscar can work hard to cut the supply chain to them down, while he has also registered more assists than any other Chelsea player in the competition this season.
Willian is another hard worker and has supplied more key passes per game than any of his teammates, while only defender Cesar Azpilicueta averages more successful tackles per game than Ramires.
Meanwhile, set pieces may be a good way to trouble PSG and only Eden Hazard is fouled more on average than both Willian and Ramires from within the Blues ranks.