UEFA Champions League

Paris Saint-Germain vs. Chelsea: Live Player Ratings for Both Teams

Paris Saint Germain's Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic, shows one to his teammate where to play the ball during a Champions League last 16 second leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain against Bayer Leverkusen at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Michel Euler
Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2014

Paris Saint-Germain hosted Chelsea in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday night, with both sides hopeful of taking a positive step toward the last four.

At the break the scores were level at 1-1, with PSG's Ezequiel Lavezzi smashing in an opener before Eden Hazard levelled from the penalty spot.

The second half saw PSG take control, with a David Luiz own goal followed up by a fantastic last-minute solo goal by Javier Pastore, with the final score ending 3-1.

PSG Player Ratings
PlayerHTFT
Sirigu78
Jallett66
Silva67
Alex78
Maxwell78
Motta89
Verratti56
Matuidi78
Cavani54
Ibrahimovic66
Lavezzi78
MouraN/A7
CabayeN/A6
PastoreN/A8
b/r
Chelsea Player Ratings
PlayerHTFT
Cech65
Ivanovic66
Cahill77
Terry55
Azpilicueta67
Luiz65
Ramires76
Willian66
Oscar78
Hazard88
Schurrle66
TorresN/A5
LampardN/A5
b/r

 

First-half quick analysis

PSG started brightly even aside from the early strike, pushing numbers forward and with Marco Verratti dictating play in the centre of the park. However, the Italian has really taken more and more time on the ball as the game has worn on, getting caught in possession a number of times and failing to keep his side moving or with a good tempo.

Matuidi's presence and power from the left channel has been a feature of PSG's play, with Cavani and Lavezzi both working back diligently off the ball. Cavani, though, has been poor on the ball, one of a number of home players giving away possession cheaply.

Chelsea have gotten Hazard and Oscar involved in the game far more often after the opening 20 minutes, and they have been the danger for the away side.

Hazard could have scored two away goals after striking the post, but they arguably look better-placed to find the next goal anyway at this point. Schurrle hasn't offered enough as the striker just yet, but there is good pressing and movement taking place from the front players.

 

Second-half quick analysis

PSG came out on the front foot once more, but unlike the first half, Chelsea did not really find a way back into the match.

The home team's passing was crisper, the midfield shape altered slightly with Motta and Matuidi sitting centrally, and Lavezzi continued to be a threat with his runs behind the defence. Chelsea never really got the ball turned behind PSG's back four for Schurrle to use his pace on, and substitute Fernando Torres was entirely ineffective.

Lucas Moura had a big impact when he entered the pitch, upping the tempo when he got the ball in space—but there was no legislation for Pastore's last-minute skill and finish which may well have put the tie beyond Chelsea's reach.

 

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