Thursday 14 December 2017

PSG v Chelsea: Zlatan Ibrahimovic against Diego Costa - who will win?

It is one of the stand-out ties from the Champions League last 16, but in truth Paris Saint-Germain v Chelsea will be compelling for two very good reasons - Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Diego Costa.

On the surface, the strikers could hardly be more different. In the PSG corner, you have Zlatan - the preening, petulant but astonishingly precocious forward with the penchant for spectacular goals and even more outrageous soundbites, a man whose decision to name their biography 'I Am Zlatan' is utterly in character.

And in Chelsea blue, there stands Costa, the Brazilian streetfighter whose willingness to stamp his authority on a game - literally, in some cases - has made him the Premier League's most feared attacker.

Having missed Chelsea's last three games due to a suspension, for stamping on Liverpool's Emre Can in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg, Tuesday's game at Parc des Princes marks his return.

Whoever wins their battle will surely be within sight of the quarter-finals - but how do the two stack up? We examined their records in all football since 2010...

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