Mourinho’s mission-not-so-impossible as Blues face exit

Mourinho’s mission-not-so-impossible as Blues face exit

Mourinho’s mission-not-so-impossible as Blues face exit

Chelsea are oozing blood and the rival sharks are detecting it. When Jose Mourinho was reappointed to sit at the Stamford Bridge hot seat, it’s like the truckload was waiting to offload the trophies. It’s not happened yet. Their rivals for honors have been waiting for moments of telling weaknesses to go for the kill, and they’ve done so with precision.

 Dumped out of the League and the FA cups, overtaken in the premiership race, the Blues have seen the wheels slowly coming off. The phenomenon attached to them has been slipping away, compounded by defeats to lowly Aston Villa and Crystal Palace. And now, the entourage that is moneybags Paris Saint-Germain is in town to show the Special One a clean pair of heels.

 At the Parc des Princes, only 6 days ago, Chelsea were comprehensively beaten 3-1, including a farcical own goal by Parisians’ wanted man David Luiz. The Blues could have won, as they were allowed into the game by the Qatar Investment Authority-owned Ligue 1 leaders. But Luiz spoiled the party, not forgetting Javier Pastore’s remarkable solo effort. If Mourinho is to clinch a semis berth, he’ll have to be Hercules, for the visitors certainly do provide a mountainous task.

 Les Rouge-et-Bleu will be missing the services of talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, injured during last week’s win, but the plethora of stars in the squad means Edinson Cavani will be the man leading the frontline, aided by the excellent Ezequiel Lavezzi. It’s an envious strike force that Mourinho will loathe, having seen his trio of Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba fall short of firing his squad to supremacy.

 The Portuguese gaffer knows the mission ahead. His team has to score at least two goals, without reply, to continue their Big Ears’ trophy run, having reached seven semis in 11 years. It won’t be easy. Nemanja Matic and Ramires will be missing, two key cogs that provide the springboard for Willian, Oscar and Eden Hazard, leaving Luiz to partner Frank Lampard in midfield.  The Englishman is 35 years old, just in case you forgot.

 So how does the former Real Madrid tactician go about it? Play on the counter or go gungho? If Eto’o is passed fit, that will be a plus for Russian oligarch, Roman Abramovich. He needs a trophy so bad, given his investment. He needs goals. For this season is turning out to be a nightmare one, one full of promise in the beginning but destined for no cups in the end. Chelsea don’t have to be good tonight. They have to be perfect.

Les Parisiens, who last ventured into the last four back in 1994/95 season, have poured vast amounts of money in a multi-million pound team and they mean war. The Qatari will be expecting nothing less than passage, especially given big first leg victory. Tonight, we could lay witness to an attacking game with two of the best squads in Europe. It will be exciting for the neutral, frantic for the fans.

 The Blues are about to go burst. Or probably not.

 If only things were as easy for the Londoners like Real Madrid’s demolition of last season’s finalists, Borussia Dortmund. Carlo Ancelotti’s side may be stuttering in La Liga, but a La Decima Champions League is well within their means. Aside from Bayern Munich, Los Blancos are the firm favorites, what with the potency that Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have shown this season.

 Los Merengues whipped Die Borussen into line, in a 3-0 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu, avenging last season’s semis ousting. The Spanish capital side may miss the marauding Ronaldo at the Signal-Iduna Park, with the Ballon D’Or winner limping off in training, but a weak Jurgen Klopp side should not be too bothersome. The home side could play with their hearts out to give their adoring fans much needed respect, but they have to score three unanswered goals to remain in the tie.

 Surely it must be game over at the Westfalenstadion. Like seriously, it is.

 Tuesday 8th April

9:45pm Chelsea – PSG, Stamford Bridge, SS3

9:45pm Borussia Dortmund – Real Madrid, Signal-Iduna Park, SS5

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