Tuesday, 8th April, 2014

Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin does not believes that Paris Saint-Germain will be weakened by the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Stamford Bridge this evening.

PSG head to face Chelsea with a 3-1 advantage from the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. But Laurent Blanc's men will have to do without talisman Ibrahimovic, who is sidelined through injury.

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Summer signing Edinson Cavani got on the scoresheet during PSG's 3-0 weekend win over Reims in Ligue 1 and the Uruguayan is a big reason why Ibrahimovic won't be missed, Nevin believes.

Nevin said on BBC Radio 5 live: "Edinson Cavani has been having to play out wide. His bottom lip has been tripping him up as he's been running down the wing recently but he's now allowed to play in his favoured centre forward role because Ibrahimovic isn't there so he should be more enlivened because of it.


"It was really odd to see his body language, it was awful in the first game but he is a top quality striker.

"He's got a great understanding with [Ezquiel] Lavezzi who was almost certainly the best player in the first game.

"They've obviously played together at Napoli beforehand. I don't really think it's weakening them too much with Zlatan not being there."

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