Chelsea welcome Turkish giants Galatasaray to the Stamford Bridge in an important second-leg Round of 16 clash of the Champions League. Both sides are vying for a place in the quarter-finals after their first-leg meeting which ended in a 1-1 draw at the Galatasaray’s home ground. Chelsea hold an important away-goal but face a former hero for the first time in their own backyard.
Didier Drogba who is regarded as Chelsea’s most important player who guided the club to win their first Champions League trophy, will be loudly cheered by Chelsea and Galatasaray fans for his Stamford Bridge homecoming. The Ivorian striker insists he will put past allegiances behind him when he walks out on to the pitch in a Galatasaray shirt.
Drogba scored 157 goals in an eight-year playing career at Chelsea. The Ivorian confirmed that he eventually plans to move into coaching or management and could see himself working at Stamford Bridge again.
A goalless draw will see Chelsea through to the last eight of the competition thanks to Fernando Torres’ important away goal at the Turk Telekom Arena. With the tie currently 1-1 on aggregate, both teams will fancy their chances of advancing into the next stage.
Chelsea currently sit top of the English Premier League, but after the defeat at Aston Villa in the weekend, the Blues will struggle to hold onto top spot with the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City all having games in hand. Nevertheless, this was only Chelsea’s first league defeat since December 7 (3-2 to Stoke City). Meanwhile, Galatasaray are five points behind rivals Fenerbahce in the Turkish Super League, and are unbeaten in their last 12 games in the league.