Real Madrid’s on-loan midfielder Michael Essien says he is confident of dumping his old Chelsea teammate Didier Drogba out of the Champions League.
Jose Mourinho’s side meet with Galatasaray in the quarter-final first leg on Wednesday evening and Essien feels los Blancos will have too much for the team from Turkey.
The Ghanaian was allowed to leave Chelsea on-loan for the season and join his former Blues boss Mourinho in the Spanish capital.
Essien is expecting the game to be tough as Galatasaray have had Drogba and Wesley Sneijder in the side since January, providing them with great experience in the competition.
“The squad is always ready for the big games and this is no different,” Essien told The Sport Review.
“They are an experienced side with Champions League winners in their side so they will pose problems but as long as we stick to our game-plan, I am confident we can go through.”
Galatasaray and Real Madrid have two of the three joint top scorers in this year’s Champions League in Cristiano Ronaldo and Burak Yilmaz.
However, Essien feels that Real Madrid will have the extra bit of quality to see them through to the semi-final.
“We have been playing well recently, and more importantly scoring goals, and we hope to keep it that way against Galatasaray,” he added.
Essien and Drogba were prominent figures in Jose Mourinho's Chelsea sides, winning eight major trophies while playing together at the Stamford Bridge.