PSG, Chelsea in big clash

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February 16, 2016
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PARIS (AP)

Despite enjoying a near-perfect season on the pitch, Paris Saint-Germain are dealing with a major internal crisis on the eve of their biggest game so far.

The runaway French league leaders should be full of confidence as they prepare to welcome Chelsea at the Parc des Princes for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 matchup today. PSG are unbeaten in their last 44 domestic matches, and key players Javier Pastore and Marco Verratti have recovered from injuries in time.

Instead, a poisonous atmosphere enveloped the club over the weekend after defender Serge Aurier was suspended for insulting coach Laurent Blanc and some of his teammates in an online video.

Aurier has apologised but could soon be placed on the transfer list.

Against Chelsea, Aurier is likely to be replaced either by Marquinhos or Gergory Van der Wiel.

Meanwhile Chelsea?s central-defensive pairing of Kurt Zouma and John Terry has been integral to Chelsea?s improvement under coach Guus Hiddink, but it has been split up.

Zouma was ruled out for the season last week with a knee ligament injury, and Terry hurt his hamstring and was substituted during the 5-1 win over Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday. Terry trained yesterday but did not travel to Paris.

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