Is the Premier League its own worst enemy? Why it's greed over glory where Europe is concerned

As 10 luminescent Paris Saint-Germain shirts swarmed around Stamford Bridge a month ago, you could have been forgiven for adjusting your television set. This was not part of the script: Blaise Matuidi was not supposed to be doing the work of a man with three lungs, making it seem as if his own side had the extra player; Marco Verratti was not supposed to be finding angles all over the pitch where there should have been none. And who knew Javier Pastore had this level of endeavour in him?

Chelsea had nowhere to go and, even if they ended up six minutes away from the result everyone had expected, in the evening’s context it was no surprise when Thiago Silva looped home his team’s second fabulous header of the evening towards the end of extra-time. The Ligue 1 champions had never stopped.

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