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PSG turmoil sets up Chelsea win

| 15.02.2016

After what seemed like an eternity, Champions League football is set to return in the shape of two games being played on Tuesday night.

Benfica will be hosting Zenit St. Petersburg, but the match that will receive the most attention is Chelsea versus Paris Saint-Germain.

The Premier League outfit are heading to the French capital on the back of a 5-1 win against Newcastle United, but their domestic season as a whole has left a lot to be desired.

Thus, this European excursion gives the Blues a chance to truly show their worth, but they are up against a strong side.

PSG are easily the best team in their country and are 24 points clear at the top of Ligue 1, but they’ve not had great preparation in getting ready for this game and this should help Guus Hiddink’s side come good on their 19/4 price of victory.

Laurent Blanc and his team turned up for training on Sunday in the midst of a controversy started by one of their own.

Serge Aurier took to Periscope late on Saturday night and decided it would be a fantastic idea to bad mouth Blanc, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Salvatore Sirigu.

His insults were unprofessional, disrespectful and of a homophobic nature leading to the full-back being swiftly suspended by the club.

A number of players are said to have turned up to training in a, rightfully, foul mood and Ibrahimovic is believed to have demanded a transcript of what was said.

All the talk in France is focused on this incident rather than the visit of Chelsea and this unwelcome distraction will undoubtedly have interrupted the squad’s preparation for the game.

The Blues shouldn’t be taken lightly and having their focus taken away from the tie is going to hurt the Ligue 1 leaders.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.