Chelsea face Paris Saint-Germain for the first time since Babygate tonight as the two clubs clash in a glamorous preseason game in Charlotte, North Carolina.
There is plenty of bad blood between the two sides, dating back to a controversial Champions League clash earlier this year.
Chelsea eventually lost to PSG in a last-16 clash on away goals. The first leg in Paris ended 1-1, but the game was marred by a racist incident involving Chelsea fans on the city’s Metro service.
The second leg’s controversy was all on the pitch. PSG were reduced to 10 men after 31 minutes at Stamford Bridge when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off very harshly.
Ibrahimovic, who has been linked with a possible move to Manchester United this summer, was disgusted with how Chelsea players responded to the foul which resulted in his Red.
The Swedish forward accused the Blues players of acting like babies, referencing the way they surrounded the referee and effectively cried until a red card was waved.
PSG had the last laugh in that game, as they defied their numerical disadvantage to win on away goals following a 2-2 draw after extra time. To make things worse for the Blues, former Chelsea defender David Luiz scored in that memorable match.
Ibrahimovic could start against Chelsea tonight, but Luiz is very unlikely to feature.
Chelsea, who will be keen to avenge their much-discussed defeat to PSG, will kick off with Asmir Begovic in goal, despite his disastrous debut against New York Red Bulls.
Jose Mourinho was not impressed with his side’s performance against the MLS outfit and the ‘Angry One’ could make many changes to his starting XI.
Click the link below to see how we expect the Blues to line up.