During Tuesday’s 2015 Champions League knockout debut, Chelsea somehow managed to pick a draw out of the mud kicked up by a Paris Saint Germain monsoon in Paris. PSG owned 54 percent of possession, out-shot Chelsea 14-2 and earned seven corners to Chelsea’s one. Additionally, PSG was playing at home, with the holy triumvirate of Ibrahimovic-Lavezzi-Cavani all healthy. And Chelsea still managed to score an early, vital away goal to leave Paris with a 1-1 draw.
This goal was so emblematic of Chelsea’s European experience over the past few seasons. Simply grunt and get it done. Against the run of play, this was a cross from John Terry (defender), flicked on by Gary Cahill (defender) and scored by Branislav Ivanovic (defender). And every leg of it was exemplary, worthy of any attacker in the world.