PSG back to domestic duties after Champions League glory

PARIS (AP) — The accolades have been pouring in for Paris Saint-Germain after its dramatic qualification for the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Playing with 10 mean after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s sending off, coach Laurent Blanc’s team twice rallied to draw 2-2 at Chelsea to go through on away goals. “Heroiques (Heroic)” sports daily L’Equipe wrote[…]

After Chelsea’s exit, English clubs face European humbling

LONDON (AP) — Exiting the Champions League was painful for Jose Mourinho but there was no sense of injustice. The Chelsea manager was uncharacteristically restrained, with no attempt to excuse an abject performance against a Paris Saint-Germain side reduced to 10 men for most of Wednesday’s game. Chelsea lacked defensive organization and attacking resolve against[…]

PSG to wear black armbands to honor crash victims

LONDON (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain’s players will wear black armbands in Wednesday’s Champions League game at Chelsea as a tribute to the victims of the helicopter crash which killed three French athletes. Olympic gold medalist swimmer Camille Muffat, boxer Alexis Vastine and sailor Florence Arthaud were among 10 people who died after two helicopters filming[…]

Chelsea on a high for the Champions League visit of PSG

LONDON (AP) — With a title already secured and their Premier League title prospects enhanced, Chelsea’s players have enjoyed a strong start to March. “There is a great buzz around the place,” Chelsea defender Gary Cahill said. “The (League) Cup final was huge in terms of the atmosphere around the club and the dressing room.”[…]