Chelsea vs Paris Saint Germain, Friendly: Open Thread

Chelsea plays Paris Saint Germain tonight in the first-ever soccer game to be played at the new Yankee Stadium in New York City.

After their convincing 4-2 win midweek against Seattle, Chelsea will be hoping to pick up another three points tonight to try to win this year’s World Football Challenge once again. Facing the Blues will be a much tougher opposition than last week, the new and improved Paris Saint Germain side who are gunning for their success in the UEFA Champions League this upcoming season.

While Zlatan Ibrahimovic won’t be playing for PSG, we should see John Terry and Ashley Cole make an appearance for Chelsea tonight. And we’ll also hopefully get a chance to see players like Marko Marin and Eden Hazard play before an enthusiastic Chelsea support in the Big Apple.

For US viewers, the game will be televised live on FOX Soccer at 7pm ET tonight.

Before, during and after tonight’s game, post your rants, raves, questions and observations in the comments section below. Let’s hope tonight’s match is an exciting one. Who’s ready for some soccer in a baseball park?!

9 thoughts on “Chelsea vs Paris Saint Germain, Friendly: Open Thread”

  1. Chelsea starting line-up: Cech, Luiz, Ferreira, Cahill, Sam Hutchinson, Lampard (C), Mikel Obi, De Bruyne, Hazard, Lukaku and Kakuta.

    The Gaffer

  2. Chelsea is being far too one dimensional with their attacks, swinging poor crosses into the box. It’d be nice to see them play the ball on the floor instead of hoping to connect with Lukaku’s head.

    The Gaffer

  3. Kakuta and Hutchinson just aren’t looking good enough for me. De Bruyne is getting lost too easily as well. I would rather see David Luiz as a sitting midfield player in the future, perhaps instead of Obi?

    1. I agree Eek. Chelsea looks really weak down that right wing. Kakuta had one good run into the penalty box.

      Hopefully we’ll see some positive changes at half-time by Chelsea, to get into this game.

      The Gaffer

  4. I thought Essien was horrible…a veritable human stop stick whenever anyone got the ball near him. Marin is scary good though, even this early.

  5. I’m not sure who our sitting midfielders will be or what it will look like. I agree that Essien just doesn’t look good anymore, injuries have cost him a lot of momentum. I’ve never jumped on the Jon Obi Mikel train either. Any thoughts on what a lineup will look like for Chelsea this season? I assume De Bruyne is going off on loan as he won’t make the cut out wide, but I don’t know who will, especially when we through Oscar in the mix. I think it’s safe to assume that Hazard will play behind the striker, Marin on the left perhaps? Mata and Lampard in the center, Ramires on the right? Lastly, who the heck looks good enough to play centrally in the back? For me, Ivanovic looked terrible in the Seattle game.

  6. Probably safe to say Hazard will play on the left (where he usually did for Lille) with Mata behind the striker, and Ramirez on the right. Lampard and Mikel in the center. But with Oscar coming in and Mata and Hazard being very versatile in position, it could mean a much more fluid, attacking style that can adapt to different strategies (it looks like Marin and Hazard are great at transitioning from defense to attack and we know that Mata and Ramirez are). While I was happy with the Champions League win, the ultra defensive style was too hard to watch and hopefully those days as it being the defacto style of play will be gone.

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