Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard agreed that Galatasaray's fabled crowd helped the Turkish side come from behind in their Champions League last 16 first leg against Chelsea.
Coach Mourinho's side dominated the first half-hour, with their counter-attacks carving apart a surprisingly open Gala side, and took the lead through Fernando Torres.
But Gala boss Roberto Mancini changed his tactics and saw his side draw level when defender Aurelien Chedjou took advantage of slack Chelsea defending at a corner.
They were driven on by a raucous Turk Telecom Stadium crowd and Mourinho told Sky Sports 1: "This is Turkey, this is Istanbul, this is Galatasaray.
"The first half the game was our game, we had chances to win the game.
Galatasaray 1 Chelsea 1 player ratings
Galatasaray 1 Chelsea 1 player ratings
1/12 Petr Cech - 6/10
Got down well to turn Telles effort round before fine save from same player after break. Left watching as Chedjou tapped home equaliser.
2/12 Branislav Ivanovic - 7
Assured display from the right-back, who relished challenge of former team-mate Drogba and also provided useful attacking outlet for the visitors.
3/12 Gary Cahill - 6
Struggled as game wore on as hosts grew in confidence. Found it hard to deal with physicality of Drogba and almost put through his own net.
4/12 John Terry - 7
Booked for bizarre double-ball incident towards end of first half. Impressive showing otherwise, although lost man badly for the equaliser.
5/12 Cesar Azpilicueta - 7
Won possession for opening goal before advancing to cut back for Torres to slot in. Never stopping running and working at both ends of the pitch.
6/12 Ramires - 6
Picked up nasty injury after being elbowed by Yilmaz in first half. Shot over bar from Schurrle pass but did not enjoy his most productive showing.
7/12 Frank Lampard - 6
Veteran was a threat from dead balls and almost set up Terry to double lead. Spent most of second half facing own goal as hosts turned up the heat.
8/12 Willian - 6
Presented with chance by Muslera in opening minutes but lob headed clear by home keeper. Maintained improvement of last few months before fading.
9/12 Andre Schurrle - 6
Advanced role in first start for over a month and set move in motion for opener. Frustrated at Spaniard for not passing when through before being taken off.
10/12 Eden Hazard - 6
Unable to influence matters as much as he has in the Premier League. Sent Torres through after the break but let down by decision making at times.
11/12 Fernando Torres - 7
Found net with first in six weeks and the Premier League’s first in Europe in eight hours. Spurned chances to increase lead before being replaced by Eto’o.
12/12 Samuel Eto'o - 5
Cameroon came on in place of the goalscorer for the final quarter but had next to no impact as Galatasaray pressed for a winner.
"I am not criticising my striker (Torres), my striker did a good game. We were just missing the last pass, the last touch, the last control.
"I can't complain, my players were fantastic. The second leg will be difficult, all I ask is that Stamford Bridge can give us 10 per cent of what this public gave to Galatasaray."
Lampard added: "We were disappointed at half-time we weren't more than 1-0 up because we played well, we controlled it.
"They didn't have many chances and we had four or five good counter-attacks and we're disappointed we didn't make more of them."
"Certainly the crowd (played a part), I don't know about the tactics because you always expect them to have a period, and they had a big period in the second half."
Former Blues striker Didier Drogba led the line for Mancini's side and threatened when his header flashed across goal and was volleyed against the post by Selcuk Inan.
The Ivory Coast international said: "It was a special game, to play against my old team-mates.
"I didn't get a lot of chances but the header was perfect - well, not perfect because I didn't score, but it was a great cross, I wish I could have scored this one but there is another game.
"It was a great game and I think it is a good result.
"Chelsea are the better team on paper but second half we showed we can create them some problems. Now we have to go out and do it at Stamford Bridge.
"They played on the counter-attack and we were a bit naive two or three times. We know they are dangerous, we have to work on that and solve these problems.
"If we manage to score a goal there, it's a different game. One-one is a good result."