Last night was a shocker for the blue side when john Mikel obi came out from no where to put up an incredible force and a magic touch that lead the team in a one all draw.
in a similar age bracket on that evening. Both Nathan Ake and Tomas Kalas were substitutes, but while the latter remains at the club, he is one of a myriad of players the Blues have loaned out. On the other hand, the left-back had to leave for Watford to find regular football. Between them they played just 16 first-team games in their Chelsea careers; at PSG, 20-year-old Rabiot alone has 25 this season.
The relatively recent integration of Bertrand Traore, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Baba Rahman, signed in the summer from Augsburg, hints that a long-term strategy is increasingly being considered at Stamford Bridge, though between them they have made only 26 senior appearances this term. Success in the Uefa Youth League last season will mean little to Chelsea if it does not benefit the first-team.
Even the prospect of PSG losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the summer, daunting though it is, has been eased by the relaxation of Financial Fair Play. The Swede’s contract ends in June, and while his future has not been confirmed, it is expected that he will depart Paris. With no spending constraints, though, PSG are ready to flex their financial muscles to secure another of the world’s best forwards, with the likes of Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo genuine targets.
All that is missing to legitimise PSG as one of the world’s great clubs is the Champions League trophy. Chelsea, of course, have already attained that status but are in a period of decline, and for the first time meet their French opponents as genuine underdogs. If they were to come through the two-legged tie, however, it would ease and potentially accelerate this period of transition.
Chelsea, of course, are far from dead as a European force, but at this current time they are not punching their weight. The same cannot be said of their increasingly formidable opponents.