Cecs Fabregas and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were reportedly involved in a post-match confrontation following Paris Saint-Germain's 2-1 victory over Chelsea at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday.
According to Kieran Gill of the Daily Mail, the pair exchanged verbals as Fabregas left the stadium following the UEFA Champions League last-16 first leg.
The report added the Chelsea players "were unhappy with what Ibrahimovic said to players on the pitch," and Fabregas decided to confront the Swede about it.
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Susana Guasch of Spanish TV station Antena 3 tweeted some details of the exchange (via Gill): "Run-in between Ibra and Cesc on leaving the stadium. He said: 'you spoke too much today.' Fabregas asked him for explanations."
"But Ibra pretended not to hear. And they took Cesc away so that it did not escalate any further," she added.
Per Gill, it is believed Fabregas did not have to be hauled away by his team-mates, and the pair "simply went their separate ways."
Ibrahimovic's 39th-minute goal was cancelled out on the stroke of half-time by John Obi Mikel before Edinson Cavani netted a potentially crucial late strike in Tuesday's clash, but the tie was left intriguingly poised ahead of March 9's return leg at Stamford Bridge, per Bleacher Report's Dean Jones:
There is sure to be some added spice for the west London encounter following Fabregas and Ibrahimovic's exchange, but the Swede must try to avoid a repeat of last season.
In the 2014-15 tournament, PSG and Chelsea met at the same stage, and they went into the return leg at Stamford Bridge tied at 1-1, but Ibrahimovic jeopardised the French side's chances by getting sent off after half an hour.
As it happened, PSG put in an heroic performance and qualified for the last eight on away goals, but the Blues will undoubtedly look to provoke the 34-year-old striker again this year.
BT Sport's Ian Darke praised a strong Fabregas performance after the Paris clash and gave a good summation of the state of the tie:
Very decent display by Chelsea v a gifted team in PSG. Still in it at 2-1. Defended well and always dangerous in breaks. Fabregas good.— Ian Darke (@IanDarke) February 16, 2016
Thanks to their away goal, Chelsea are most certainly still in with a chance of qualifying for the last eight, but they will likely need to keep a clean sheet at Stamford Bridge.
Given how poor they have been defensively this season, that is a tough ask—especially considering PSG's quality in attack—but the Blues are by no means out of the tie just yet.