PARIS — 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 in big letters on its front page, along with a picture of goal scorer Thiago Silva. L'Equipe's website carried the scathing back pages of the English newspapers' inquest into the Chelsea defeat.
PSG remains on course for an unprecedented quadruple, but it still trails Lyon in the French league by one point and has a far more difficult schedule ahead.
Lyon is not involved in any cup competitions and only has the 10 remaining league games to focus on. Both have tough away trips this weekend: PSG is at sixth-place Bordeaux and Lyon goes to title-rival Marseille.
Here are some things to know about this weekend's games:
PSG coach Laurent Blanc's decision to take David Luiz out of central defense and play him in midfield has paid dividends.
Doubts were raised when PSG paid 50 million euros ($53 million) during the offseason to buy Luiz from Chelsea, but Blanc insisted it was money well spent because of the Brazilian's versatility.
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How Luiz has proved him right.
His goal against Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday night was his third in successive games. It played a crucial part in helping PSG draw 2-2 to reach the quarterfinals.
Last weekend, his long-range free kick opened the scoring against a resilient Lens side late in the first half, before PSG went on to win 4-1, and in his previous match he led the way with the opener as PSG beat Monaco 2-0 in the French Cup quarterfinals.
The long hug between Luiz and Blanc at the end of Wednesday's game showed that a special bond is forming between them.
Heavily criticized for most of the season by the French media, striker Edinson Cavani is now becoming one of PSG's key players as the season enters its crucial phase.
Cavani's 64 million euro ($68 million) price tag has seemed like a huge weight since he joined from Napoli last season. Fans expected more, much more, from the pacy forward, whose swashbuckling, rampaging style made him such a favorite in southern Italy.
But with Zlatan Ibrahimovic stealing the spotlight in his inimitable way, it has been hard for Cavani to make an impression — until now.
Rather than try and match Ibrahimovic he has found a different way to impress fans and teammates alike: hard work and self-sacrifice.
"People see that I fight for others and, yes, that is pleasing for me," he said. "It's part of personality. It's true that I like to score but sometimes you also need to know how to fight for others."
Still, he remains PSG's top scorer with 18 goals in all competitions, compared to 16 for Ibrahimovic.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.