Authors Posts by Francesca Ceciarini

Francesca Ceciarini


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Tonight Chelsea face a difficult task in turning around a 2-1 deficit against PSG in the Champions League.

John Obi Mikel did the help the side in the first leg with an away goal in the dying stages of the first half to cancel out Ibrahimovic‘s goal scoring free kick only to see Cavani come off the bench to put the French giants back in the lead.

Mikel believes that the Blues can turn it around but they need to be at their very best.

“It will take our best performance of the season to turn this around. The whole team needs to perform if we are to go through. We have to do it together. 

“We attack and defend together. We can’t just look to individuals. They are a very good team but we will find a way to go through.”

A positive for Chelsea is that they play at Stamford Bridge tonight and a 1-0 victory will be good enough to see them through to the quarter finals. Mikel has urged the fans to get behind them and cheer them to the very end.

“We need the supporters to make it as loud as possible. They have been amazing and fantastic to us this season. 

“We have been up and down and they have stuck by us. Whether we have been doing badly or well, they have been there. Their support can help take us through tonight. 

“This is also a chance for us to repay them by getting through to the quarter-finals.”

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Blanc knocked out Chelsea from the Champions League with PSG last season

Ahead of Chelsea’s game against Paris Saint Germain at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, we take a look at the odds on offer.

All odds provided by SkyBET (SB), Ladbrokes (L) and Coral (C), correct as of 9th March.


Full-time score:

Chelsea win: SB – 7/4, L – 9/5, C – 7/4

Draw: SB – 12/5, L –12/5, C – 12/5

Paris Saint Germain win: SB – 13/8, L – 17/10, C – 13/8


First goalscorer:

Eden Hazard: SB – 8/1, L – 8/1, C – 7/1

Oscar: SB – 8/1, L – 8/1, C – 8/1

Bertrand Traore: SB – 7/1, L – 7/1, C – 9/1

Diego Costa: SB – 9/2, L – 5/1, C – 5/1

Willian: SB – 17/2, L – 9/1, C – 10/1

No goalscorer: SB – 17/2, L – 9/1, C – 8/1

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: SB – 4/1, L – 9/2, C – 4/1

Edinson Cavani: SB – 6/1, L – 6/1, C – 5/1

Lucas Moura: SB – 15/2, L – 8/1, C – 9/1

Angel di Maria: SB – 7/1, L – 15/2, C – 13/2

Javier Pastore: SB – 8/1, L – 10/1, C – 16/1


Final Score:

Chelsea win:

1-0: SB – 8/1, L – 15/2, C – 15/2

2-0: SB – 12/1, L – 12/1, C – 12/1

2-1: SB – 10/1, L – 9/1, C – 9/1

3-0: SB – 28/1, L – 28/1, C – 22/1

3-1: SB – 33/1, L – 20/1, C – 33/1


0-0: SB – 9/1, L – 9/1, C – 9/1

1-1: SB – 11/2, L – 5/1, C – 11/2

2-2: SB – 14/1, L – 12/1, C – 14/1

3-3: SB – 66/1, L – 50/1, C – 60/1

4-4: SB – 250/1, L – 250/1, C – 150/1

Paris Saint Germain win:

1-0: SB – 15/2, L – 7/1, C – 7/1

2-0: SB – 12/1, L – 11/1, C – 11/1

2-1: SB – 9/1, L – 17/2, C – 17/2

3-0: SB – 28/1, L – 25/1, C – 22/1

3-1: SB – 22/1, L – 20/1, C – 18/1

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Chelsea are looking to overturn the deficit inflicted in the first leg as they face Paris Saint Germain at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday in the round of 16 second leg.

The Blues were beaten 2-1 in Paris last month, with Edinson Cavani’s strike cancelling out Jon Obi Mikel’s equaliser following Zlatan Ibrahmovic’s opener.

Guus Hiddink’s men are currently unbeaten in their last 13 Premier League games, whilst Laurent Blanc’s side sit a whopping 23 points ahead of second-place Monaco at the top of Ligue 1, needing just four points to win the league with nine games remaining.

Last six games:

Chelsea: DWLWWD (includes one FA Cup game and one Champions League game).

Paris Saint Germain: DWWLWD (includes one French Cup game and one Champions League game).


Team News:

– John Terry remains out with a hamstring injury.

– Diego Costa is fit to play after missing Saturday’s draw with Stoke due to a tendon issue.

– Blanc is sweating over the fitness of Marco Verratti, who has a slight groin injury.



– Chelsea have reached the the quarter-finals eight times in the last 13 seasons.

– They have also scored in each their past 22 Champions League home games.

– PSG have the best defensive record in this season’s Champions League (two goals conceded in seven games).

– Blanc’s side haven’t conceded a goal in the second half of a Champions League game this season.

– Chelsea and PSG meet in the knockout stages of the Champions League for the third consecutive season; Chelsea won in 2013-14 and PSG in 2014-15.



Starting XI last time out in the Champions League:

Chelsea (away vs. Paris Saint Germain, lost 2-1): Courtois, Baba, Ivanovic, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Willian, Fabregas, Hazard, Pedro, Costa.

Paris Saint Germain (home vs. Chelsea, won 2-1): Trapp, Marquinhos, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Maxwell, Verratti, Motta, Matuidi, Di Maria, Ibrahimovic, Lucas Moura

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Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink spoke in the press conference ahead of PSG game in the Champions League:

GOLDEN RULES FOR KNOCK-OUT GAMES“If I got golden rules for these games? Those are big words: it’s always good to have an away goal in a European game, big teams, big names in European football, it’s difficult to say what the rules are, but it will be a good clash.

EXPERIENCE“Chelsea won important European trophies and PSG is going in the same kind of project, they are a very good team, they are starting to build up a team, not just individual stars players, so they are on their way, and hopefully we can stop them in their project.

“They have international players, they are experienced players, not just a block of young kids coming up.

DIEGO COSTA – “He had a little problem in the weekend, but today he was in training so we’ll see if he will be fit for tomorrow’s game.

“He scored recently in the PL very frequently, before he had some problems at scoring, and also the team, let’s see if he can make it at the European level as well.

When I see him playing i all the games he played us, under me I think he behaved very well, I love the way he plays, he likes to fight but in the way of the game. I loved how he played in my time at Chelsea.”

PEDRO – “Pedro had a setback recently but he did well and he worked well with the physios, he made a good impression today, so he will be selected for tomorrow.

PENALTIES’ PRACTICE – “We always practice penalties, almost every training, not just before this game.

MOST IMPORTANT GAME OF THE SEASON“The team responded after my arrival and we climbed up the table in the Premier League, we did in relatively short time, our targets must be the FA CUP and the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, of course.

EDEN HAZARD“In Paris he was coming back from his injury time, so we couldn’t expect him to be top fit in that moment, of course now he had some playing time in the league and he improved, so I hope tomorrow he will show what he is capable of, we think he can deliver now that he is on good fitness.


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Chelsea captain John Terry revealed his frustration at being out injured for the Round of 16 Champions League match against PSG.

The 35 year-old took to Instagram to say “I’m gutted to missing the PSG game. It’s so frustrating missing any game, but theses big Champions League nights at the bridge are unbelievable and it hurts as a player not to be involved.”

The defender then went on to give an update on his injury “I have thrown everything at my injury trying to get back fit but sometimes you have to let the injury settle, and thankfully I’m on the mend and hope to be back soon.”

Chelsea will need to overturn the 2-1 deficit against PSG tomorrow evening without their captain.

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Pato‘s agent Gilmar Veloz spoke about the situation of his player at Chelsea: the Brazilian striker arrived in the last days of January transfer window but he still hasn’t played any minute in the official games.

Many people are wondering what’s going on with him and he explained it Brazilian network Radio Bandeirantes:

“England is not like Brazil, where you sign someone and immediately have to play them.

“The manager was clear and said two or three times that Pato has to wait until he’s reached the [fitness] level of the other players.

“He had four weeks of special training. After the third, he was already starting to get up to speed and waiting for his moment to be in the squad .

“But since he arrived, the team has been winning, with the attackers scoring goals.

“There’s no issue, it’s a normal situation. We have to wait.”

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Chelsea take on Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, in what will be their biggest game of the season. But how will the English Champions beat their French counterparts?

The head-to-head record between the two teams could hardly be closer. This being the third season in succession both sides have met. With two wins for PSG, two draws and one win for Chelsea. The clash this time round is on a knife-edge with PSG winning the game 2-1 at the Parc de Princes three weeks ago. But the Blues came away with a vital away goal from John Obi Mikel. So where will the clash be won this time round?

Stop Cavani

It’s much easier said then done. With PSG’s wealth of talent going forward, Chelsea will need to be aware of players such as Di Maria, Ibrahimovic and Lucas Moura.

But, as proved in recent years, Edison Cavani has been a thorn in the Blues side, stretching as far back as his Napoli days. Having scored three goals and provided two assists in his seven Champions League games against them, including the vital winner three weeks ago at the Parc de Princes, twelve minutes from time. The Uruguayan’s movement in behind the Chelsea defence proved to be the telling moment when he came off the bench. And as it is looking less likely John Terry will be fit for the return leg it will be up to the make shift centre back pairing of Ivanovic and Cahill to keep out the forward.

Win the midfield battle

This is where the game will be won or lost. In last seasons 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge the Blues were overrun in midfield, even against 10-men for ninety minutes of the match.

The likes of Verratti, Matuidi and Thiago Motta, completely out worked and out played, Matic and Fabregas in the centre of Chelsea’s midfield. Verratti was particularly impressive with a game high of seven tackles won before being taken off near the end of normal time. But with the Blues holding the away goal this time round and knowing how clinical the forward players of PSG can be, it is more then likely they will go with John Obi Mikel and Nemanja Matic,who has now served his one match European suspension, in the middle of the park, . Giving cover to the centre backs and allowing freedom to their forward thinking players.

This will allow Chelsea to push Fabregas higher up the field in order to have more influence on the attacking element of the game and not having to worry quite as much on his defensive work.

The game will be live on BT Sport Europe on Wednesday 19th March at 19:45.

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Two of PSG’s key midfield players will return for their clash at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

According to French paper La Parisien, both Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi have travelled to London and could be fit to face the Blues in their second leg at Stamford Bridge.

With the French champions running away with the Ligue 1 title again, the Champions League is now their main priority and they can afford to risk both players even if they’re not 100 per cent fit.

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Chelsea’s interest to sign Brazilian defender Marquinhos, who can play both as centre-back or a full-back, has been clear in the last transfer windows, with the Blues trying to get him especially in the last summer, when former manager José Mourinho was looking for a top class defender and chased him, John Stones and Raphael Varane until the last day of the transfer market.

Now Marquinhos is coming to Stamford Bridge as a rival to play the Champions League last 16 game with his current side, PSG, but probably this stadium can be his new home soon, since he didn’t hide his interest to come to play in England:

The Premier League is the number one best league in the world,” Marquinhos told Squawka.

“It’s a very competitive football. There are not weak teams at all.”

“I just like the league itself but I haven’t got an English side that I follow closely,” he admitted.

“It’d be fantastic to have this opportunity [to play in England] one day, but now I’m focused on PSG.”




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According to Express Sport, 14th July is the date that has been set for Italian coach Antonio Conte to become Chelsea boss.

This date is just four days after the Euro 2016 final. Giving him just four days to prepare for the job if Italy make it to the Euro 2016 final.

The Blues expect Conte, 46, to sign a three year deal worth £18 million.


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