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After losing to PSG in the Champions League last night, manager Guus Hiddink believes that Chelsea are now in a period of transition.

Chelsea find themselves 10th in the Premier League, 10 points behind 4th placed Manchester City. Just 10 months are lifting the title. Qualification for the Champions League next season through the domestic league is looking unlikely for the Blues after a poor start to the season under Jose Mourinho.

Guus Hiddink did manage to steady the ship and bring in some good results, he told the clubs official website that Chelsea have to look at the short term and try to solve the problems they have.

“Chelsea is now in a transition period.

“They have to see how to go on and try to regain the lost terrain where Chelsea used to be. Chelsea must consider its short [term] future, and how to handle this.”

 

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Eden Hazard was booed off by some of the home crowd at Stamford Bridge when he was substituted in the second half for a probable hip injury. The Belgian anyway didn’t give one of his best performances and Paris Saint Germain knocked out of Champions League him and Chelsea.

Blues boss Hiddink said the player was struggling with a physical problem and also played down Hazard swapping shirts with Di Maria just at half-time. He said: “I haven’t seen it, but I am aware of it. It should not be done, but in some countries it is usual after a game or at half-time, and maybe they are both used to doing it. I don’t want to see a bad thought behind that. It’s not a big issue. I don’t overvalue this issue. There’s no bad intention.”

 

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THE GAME: “We played a stable game, with good possession and a lot of chance to strike. We scored two goals, but those has been enough to win the match. We did the game we should do, I am really happy”.

CHELSEA: “It was not easy, you have to watch out. Chelsea’s front four are able to do anything.”

PSG: “We are doing good things, where we end up we don’t know. We are not satisfied yet.”

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THE GAME: “It has been a difficult game, we played really well after Rabiot score but we should be more careful. Of course we gave too much respect in the first 10 minutes, they were dominating, but during the second time we were on the edge to be on 2-1 and then Ibrahimovic scored. We weren’t clean in the box. “

PSG: “They are a good side but once we stepped up we had some chances. They are a really difficult to challenge, but we have to consider that we lost playing against a good team. We showed too much respect and their strength in depth made the difference. You saw the difference between the squads when we had to bring young guys on and they have Edinson Cavani to come in. I must say that we had young Kenedy at left-back and he was excellent.”

DIEGO COSTA AND EDEN HAZARD: “Diego wasn’t totally fit but he wanted to play. We all knew that but he desperately wanted to play and scored a beautiful goal. Tomorrow we will check conditions of Hazard and Costa, we have a lot of matches to play such as F.A. Cup clash against Everton.”

THE SEASON: “It is a difficult season. We we’re almost panicking about relegation when I came in but it is difficult to get into fourth place.”

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DAVID LUIZ CHELSEA

THE MATCH: “It has been a difficult game for us because they played really well especially in the first time. This is a quality victory, but all we had the experience to keep calm and handle the game. It was a collective victory. Everyone knows how hard it is to play here. We kept calm and we scored at key moments. It was a difficult game for us but we never change our philosophy, we try to play with the ball and create gaps to score.”

DIEGO COSTA: “Diego is fantastic and is always difficult playing against him. He played very well until he had an injury.”
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: “We’ll try our best to win the cup, working hard and in the best way. We’ll try to win it, of course we’ll try our best to do it.”

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Starting XI:

Courtois 5- Made the saves he had to, but couldn’t do anything about the goals scored against him.

Azpilicueta 4- At fault for the vital second goal, allowing Di Maria in behind to pick out Zlatan.

Ivanovic 5- Solid performance from the Serbian strong in the air and looks more comfortable at centre back then at right back.

Cahill 4- Majorly at fault for the first goal allowing Zlatan space out wide right to easily pick out his man Rabiot in the middle.

Kenedy 6- Didn’t put a foot wrong on the night, looked much more at home higher up the pitch. But played well in the unfamiliar left back role.

Mikel 6- Broke up the play well but couldn’t do enough and was overrun in midfield up against Matuidi, Rabiot and Motta.

Fabregas 7- Played well going forward always picking out the best pass available to him.

Willian 7- Looked quick on the counter and played a great ball in for Costa’s equaliser.

Pedro 7- Worked extremely hard, getting about the pitch and helped the Chelsea attack on the counter.

Hazard 5- Still can’t find his best form, very few glimpses of brilliance we saw last season. Limped off with 15 minutes left.

Costa 8- Chelsea’s best player on the night. Scored a brilliant goal and worked the line throughout. The game was lost when he came off injured.

Subs:

Traore 5- Very little chance to impress. Barely got a kick of the ball.

Oscar N/A

Manager: Guus Hiddink 7- Everything looked good until Costa came off. The game plan was working and Chelsea looked the more likely team to go on and win. But they couldn’t turn it into a positive result. Nothing more Hiddink could have done.

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Chelsea take on Paris Saint Germain in their eagerly awaited Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are looking to overturn the 2-1 deficit after the first leg in Paris.

After an even start to the game the first half chance came to Chelsea as Diego Costa received the ball on the edge of the box and managed to shift it on to his left foot, but his shot was palmed away by Trapp in the PSG goal.

But PSG soon took control of the game and were able to get in behind Chelsea. With a ball over the top Ibrahimovic managed to lose his marker Cahill and had far too much time to pick out Rabiot at the back post to tap into an empty Chelsea net to make it 1-0 to the French Champions.

Chelsea then managed to wrestle back the initiative, putting pressure on the all Brazilian PSG back four and giving them no time. And after a brilliant tackle high up the pitch from Pedro which found Willian in some space to play in Diego Costa who turned Silva and managed to stroke the ball past Trapp with his left foot and level up the score to 1-1 on the night.

The Blues now looking to press a nervy looking PSG high up the pitch and winning the ball back in strong positions. As one challenge found Hazard in space as he tries to bend one in to the far corner but it was a comfortable stop in the end for the German keeper Trapp.

And on the verge of half time Costa found more space on the edge of the box and after his driving run and low shot was parried by Trapp, Pedro was inches away from touching in the rebound only for Silva to clear it away for a corner.

In to the second half and Chelsea keep with their high pressing game. Putting the French side under pressure high up the pitch, and great pace down the left from Willian making a driving run all the way to the byline and manages to pick out Costa, but his shot is brilliantly blocked by David Luiz.

But on the hour mark Chelsea’s star man on the night Diego Costa pulled up with what looked like a hamstring injury and had to be bought off for 20 year-old Bertrand Traore.

And just five minutes later the Blues had their best chance to draw the tie level. Willian shifted the ball on to his right foot, beating two men and drives it low at goal only to have his strike parried away and in to the path of Eden Hazard but a good double save from Trapp keeps the Parisian’s ahead on aggregate.

The telling blow was then given by PSG just a few minutes later, a ball out wide to the left found Di Maria in space, as he drives the ball across goal to find Zlatan Ibrahimovic in space to tap the ball home and effectively kill the tie. Chelsea now need to score four goals on the night to progress.

With just 15 minutes to play there was more bad news for Chelsea as the lacklustre Eden Hazard was taken off injured to be replaced by Oscar. With very little left to play for the game petered out and finished 3-2 on aggregate to PSG.

Chelsea now out of the Champions League and only have the FA Cup to play for In which they take on Everton on Saturday.

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Chelsea take on Paris Saint Germain in their eagerly awaited Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are looking to overturn the 2-1 deficit after the first leg in Paris.

After an even start to the game the first half chance came to Chelsea as Diego Costa received the ball on the edge of the box and managed to shift it on to his left foot, but his shot was palmed away by Trapp in the PSG goal.

But PSG soon took control of the game and were able to get in behind Chelsea. With a ball over the top Ibrahimovic managed to lose his marker Cahill and had far too much time to pick out Rabiot at the back post to tap into an empty Chelsea net to make it 1-0 to the French Champions.

Chelsea then managed to wrestle back the initiative, putting pressure on the all Brazilian PSG back four and giving them no time. And after a brilliant tackle high up the pitch from Pedro which found Willian in some space to play in Diego Costa who turned Silva and managed to stroke the ball past Trapp with his left foot and level up the score to 1-1 on the night.

The Blues now looking to press a nervy looking PSG high up the pitch and winning the ball back in strong positions. As one challenge found Hazard in space as he tries to bend one in to the far corner but it was a comfortable stop in the end for the German keeper Trapp.

And on the verge of half time Costa found more space on the edge of the box and after his driving run and low shot was parried by Trapp, Pedro was inches away from touching in the rebound only for Silva to clear it away for a corner.

The Blues finished the half the stronger and will be encouraged. But with only 45 minutes remaining in the tie Chelsea trail 3-2 on aggregate.

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JOHN OBI MIKEL
JOHN OBI MIKEL © Francesca Ceciarini

PSG: “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.”

SUPPORTERS: “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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Speaking with TuttoMercatoWeb.com, Chelsea former player Mario Stanic, who now works as agent for young players in Croatia, gave his forecast on tonight’s Champions League‘s match: Chelsea are having a particular situation, in Premier League they started disastrously and now without Mourinho seems that they woke up. I think that Paris Saint Germain are a very competitive squad and then, unfortunately, I see them as favorites for the clash. Actually they have a better team than us and given that they won in the first leg they have an edge. But it will be a complicate and forced match, so we’ll se.”

 

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