The situation for London’s teams in the Champions League is not looking positive.
Last Wednesday, PSG put out an incredible fight and qualifying over Chelsea left players and fans all over the world wondering: ”What just happened?”
Arsenal on the other hand performed poorly in the first leg, when Monaco left the Emirates Stadium with a 3-1 victory. The team is now facing a difficult battle if they want to continue their run in the Champions League.
10-man PSG fought their way to the quarter-finals
Wednesday’s match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain was the most exciting Champions League game we have seen all season.
PSG took a massive hit at an early stage of the game, when Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic was shown a red card after a foul on Chelsea midfielder Oscar. The verdict was surprisingly hard and it forced the team to play with 10 men for almost 90 minutes.
The first goal of the game was seen as late as at the 81st minute when Gary Cahill scored Chelsea’s first goal following a corner.
But PSG did not give up and David Luiz punished his old club with a beautiful header in the 86th minute, forcing Chelsea for extra-time.
In the 96th minute of the game, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard was awarded with a penalty after Thiago Silva handled the ball in the penalty area. Hazard confidently placed the ball in the net making the score to 2-1.
It wasn’t looking good for PSG but skipper Silva headed the ball past Chelsea’s keeper Thibaut Courtois from a corner in the 114th minute making the Parisians qualify to the quarter-finals due to the away goal rule.
Arsenal fighting against the odds in Monaco
After a surprising 1-3 loss in the Emirates Stadium, the Gunners are now facing an extremely challenging game on Tuesday.
”It will be a very difficult game against a good team, and because of the first leg score, we have little chance of catching Monaco on the break as they just need to sit back and defend deep to go through,” Raymond Herlihy, from Arsenal support group REDaction told.
With Arsenal conceding three away goals, they are now facing a situation where they need to score at least three times to go through. It is a tough job against a team that has only lost once at home in the past 15 games and conceded only two goals in the past 11 games at Stade Louis II.
”I think we have a 20% chance of going through,” estimated Herlihy “If we had not conceded the third goal in the first leg, I would estimate our chances would have been about 35 – 40%, but the third away goal killed us.”
The supporters were not happy with Arsenal’s performance in the first leg.
”The first leg was a disaster, pure footballing suicide. Someone once said ‘football is a game you play with your head’ but most of the team used no intelligence or experience for most of the game and we got what we deserved,” Herlihy added.
Watch Monaco vs Arsenal on Tuesday at 19.45 (ITV)