Chelsea welcome Paris Saint-Germain to Stamford Bridge looking to turn over a 3-1 deficit after it all went pear-shaped for Jose Mourinho’s side at Parc des Princes on April 2.
Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore found the net either side of a David Luiz own goal for the hosts, though Eden Hazard’s penalty gave Chelsea an all-important away goal heading into the second leg.
The Blues will be forced to take an all-or-nothing approach in West London, but with a slender 2-0 victory separating them from the semi-finals, anything is possible for Chelsea.
Date: Tuesday, April 8
Time: 7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET
Chelsea have been going through topsy-turvy form in all competitions recently, with the first-leg defeat in Paris coming in the middle of a particular low for the club.
Just days after Chelsea’s shock 1-0 defeat away at Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace courtesy of a John Terry own goal, Mourinho’s side were taken down a further peg against the Ligue 1 leaders.
However, Chelsea’s form at home will give them the utmost confidence ahead of welcoming PSG to West London. The Blues have won their last six games in a row at Stamford Bridge in all competitions, scoring 19 goals and conceding none according to BBC Sport.
They also remain unbeaten in the Premier League at home under Mourinho, as OptaJoe reported before their 3-0 demolition of Stoke City on Sunday:
76 - Chelsea are unbeaten in 76 Premier League home games under Jose Mourinho; winning 60 and drawing 16. Fortress.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 5, 2014
However, as SoccerWay revealed, Chelsea have scored more than two goals in the Champions League in just three of their nine matches in this season’s competition, with one of those matches coming at home.
Goals are an absolute must for Chelsea on Tuesday, and they’ll be boosted by their leading striker Samuel Eto’o being set to return to the starting line-up after a spell on the sidelines.
Speaking with Martin Lipton of The Mirror regarding Eto’o’s selection for the second leg, Mourinho said that the Cameroon international may be a risk worth taking:
Maybe I will pick him. But to risk a player, you need to have minimum conditions to take that risk. If you think he's going to be out after 10 minutes of the game, you can't take that risk. If there is a minimum of conditions of risk, then yes. We need to score goals. If we don't score a minimum of two goals, we are out. We know that. If we can have everybody available who can give us a chance to score goals, then let's do that.
Eto’o will be hungry for goals against PSG, though the French champions don’t tend to give a lot away.
In Ligue 1, PSG have won their last six matches without conceding a single goal according to the club’s official website.
Per SoccerWay, PSG have lost just one of their four Champions League matches away from home this season, and they've scored in each and every match—chalking up 10 goals in total away from Paris.
PSG will be without their leading goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Tuesday, who has 10 Champions League goals to his name this season, but OptaJean says that his absence may not be a bad thing for the visitors:
7 - Paris SG have scored seven goals and conceded none in their two league games without Zlatan Ibrahimovic this season. Detail.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 5, 2014
The Parisians look on course to take their second-successive Ligue 1 title, sitting 13 points clear at the top of the table, and they’ll need to continue their form if they’re to find a way past Chelsea.
Mourinho got it wrong on the tactical front at Parc des Princes, but Chelsea will be determined to take their shot at redemption on Tuesday.
With the core of Chelsea’s team Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian all hitting top gear at the right stage of the season, it could be yet another night to remember at Stamford Bridge.