Chelsea v Galatasaray: Champions League match preview
A look ahead at Tuesday night’s last-16 second leg at Stamford Bridge
Tuesday 18 March 2014
Similar faces will be returning to English soil as both Chelsea and Galatasary look to advance into the last eight of the inaugural competition. Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, who guided them to a Premier League title win in 2012, will be back in England for the first time since being replaced by Manuel Pellegrini at the start of this season.
While a Chelsea legend will be back in west London, as Didier Drogba will be looking to knock his former employers out of the Champions League. Drogba spent eight years at Chelsea after Jose Mourinho signed him from French outfit, Marseille. After a difficult start to his career in England’s top flight, Drogba went onto to win three Premier League titles and the Champions League.
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 England’s top flight, but after last week’s defeat at Aston Villa, 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 the 7th December (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.
KICK-OFF: Tuesday, 7:45pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS
Galatasaray 1 (Chedjou) Chelsea 1 (Torres), Champions League, February 2014.
Galatasaray 0 Chelsea 5 (Flo 2, Zola, Wise, Ambrosetti), Champions League, October 1999
Chelsea 1 Galatasaray 0 (Petrescu), September 1999
Chelsea are unbeaten against Galatasaray (W2 D1), scoring seven goals and conceding only one.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last seven Champions League knock-out games (W4, D3).
Chelsea have only conceded four goals in the Champions League this season, only Atletico Madrid have shipped fewer.
Didier Drogba has scored more goals than any other player at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League (17).
Galatasaray have conceded 15 goals in the Champions League this season, the highest tally among the 16 teams who have reached the knockout stages.
Galatasaray have never won in England in eight trips in all competitions (D3 L5).
Chelsea win: 1.40
Galatasary win: 9.0
TV: ITV 1, 7.30pm
Latest in Sport
Manchester United can learn lessons from the transfer template of rivals Manchester City
Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea top the list of the Premier League's most expensive squads
Pavement The Forum, London
David De Gea, Peter Odemwingie and the 18 weirdest transfer deadline day stories
Arsenal transfer news: Gunners fans plan protest at the Emirates Stadium because of lack of transfer activity...no-one turns up
- 1 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
- 4 Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
- 5 Refugee crisis: Aylan's life was full of fear - in death, he is part of 'humanity washed ashore'
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up