Galatasaray v Chelsea: Experience of Frank Lampard and John Terry key to success in Champions League, says Jose Mourinho
Mourinho insists that experienced players such as the English duo will be crucial to the Blues' European hopes having 'experienced everything in the Champions League'
Monday 24 February 2014
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes it is imperative his side have an experienced core as they journey to Istanbul for Wednesday's Champions League clash with Galatasaray.
The last-16 first-leg tie features numerous subplots: Didier Drogba playing against the side for whom he scored the European Cup-winning penalty in 2012; Mourinho versus Roberto Mancini, who he succeeded as Inter Milan boss before the Italian took charge at Manchester City; and Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder playing against his former boss Mourinho.
The contest takes place in the cauldron of the Turk Telekom Arena, where Mourinho's Real Madrid lost their quarter-final second leg last term, advancing as a result of a handsome win at home in the first leg.
Mourinho will appreciate the experience of captain John Terry - the scorer of the winner in Saturday's 1-0 defeat of Everton on his return from a three-game absence - Frank Lampard and Petr Cech in such a hostile environment.
Some of his squad are yet to taste knockout competition in the European Cup, as Chelsea were eliminated at the group stage last term before responding to win the Europa League.
"That's exactly why they belong to this project," Mourinho said.
"You could say this project is a project for the future. We only want to do this project with young players that have a 10-years future.
"No. We decided clearly from the beginning that the best way to develop the other guys is to have a nucleus of players like they are.
"They are important in the evolution of the team too.
"These older players in Chelsea they have a big history in the Champions League. They've experienced everything in the Champions League.
"The most important thing for us in the Champions League is to have a feeling of knockout Champions League for the players that never did it.
"This is the first time that they play, some of them. Oscar and Hazard and these kind of guys."
Terry converted Lampard's free-kick in stoppage time for Chelsea to beat Everton 1-0 on Saturday and consolidate their position at the top of the Premier League.
Both players, and Ashley Cole, are out of contract at the end of this season.
Mourinho expects Terry and Lampard to be offered new deals and has previously spoken of anticipating an offer to be made to Cole, too, despite the left-back being out of favour at present.
"If they get a contract in this club, which probably they will, they will do based on performance, based on the quality they are showing," Mourinho added.
"It will not be because they are legends or because we owe them something or because they want to stay here at any cost. They are performing."
Late goals were a hallmark of Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United team which swept all before them.
For Mourinho it merely recovered the points conceded at West Brom, when Victor Anichebe netted a late equaliser.
"These two points equalise the two points we lost in the last game and in a way where I was not happy with, because we had the game under control and we lost two points in the last minute," Mourinho said.
"The last minutes normally are minutes where the best teams they win points.
"I don't think it's about us (managers). I think it's about the teams we have in our hands."
Everton boss Roberto Martinez was content with the performance, despite the late defeat.
"It gives me more satisfaction than anger," the Spaniard said.
"If we keep working, we have something to aim for.
"To come to Stamford Bridge, play eye-to-eye with a team like Chelsea, top of the league and perform in the manner we did, that is the direction we need from now."
Latest in Sport
Liverpool fans applaud Cristiano Ronaldo after master-class for Real Madrid, despite his Manchester United ties
Liverpool vs Real Madrid player ratings: Was Cristiano Ronaldo the star man? And how did Mario Balotelli fare?
Liverpool vs Real Madrid match report: Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema run Reds ragged at Anfield
Diego Costa injury: Chelsea striker forced into hospital ahead of Manchester United clash - reports
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was shirt swapping the real reason?
- 1 Marijuana use by teenagers does not result in a lower IQ or worse exam results, study finds
- 2 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 3 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes too far at the Q Awards
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
- 5 NHS staff banned from drinking tea or coffee on the job because it looks like they're not working hard enough
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters