Zlatan Ibrahimovic poured out his revenge on the West London Club in the most hearty way as he scored the winner at Stamford Bridge to send Chelsea packing and push Paris St Germain to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
In the same fixture a year ago, Ibrahimovic was sent off in the first half and he reckoned that overreaction of Chelsea players made the referee to produce a red card for his tackle on Chelsea midfielder Oscar which made him tag them “babies”
PSG qualified that night but Ibrahimovic felt he was ill-treated, this may have driven his wide celebration last night after he slotted home the second goal for Blanc’s side getting the aggregate to 4-2. PSG were too big for Chelsea to contain.
PSG started the game with high pace, playing controlled attacking football. Di Maria had the first chance at goal but was denied when Ivanovic made a clearance of the line. Ibrahimovic past Thibaut Courtois but he was caught offside, he later saw his fierce shot deflected away for a corner.
Laurent Blanc’s men took control of the game for the first 15minutes of the game and it paid off in the 16th minute when Angel Di Maria played a defense splitting pass through Chelsea’s left and Ibrahimovic drifted wide past Ivanovic giving him time to play a low cross across six yard box to on rushing Adrien Rabiot who jabbed it home at close range.
Di Maria caused so much problems for Chelsea’s nervous looking defense. Pedro tried so hard to put Chelsea back in the game as he swapped passes with Willian who slipped played in Diego Costa. The Spanish striker got past Thiago Silva and fired a low shot into the post.
This kept Chelsea fans on their toes as they expect another goal which will pull them level on aggregate.
The home fans got were heart broken when Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the winner sending the out of Champions league on 4-2 aggregate.
Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink said after the: “We gave too much respect in the first 10 minutes, they were dominating. They are a good side but once we stepped up we had some chances. In the 67th minute it all changed. We had a good chance to score, then Diego Costa was injured. We knew he was not totally fit but he desperately wanted to play and scored a fine goal.
“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 we had young Kenedy at left-back and he was excellent. It is a difficult season. We were almost panicking about relegation when I came in but it is difficult to get into fourth place.”