Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has welcomed the possibility of drawing Galatasaray in the Champions League knockout stages, so Didier Drogba can make an emotional return to Stamford Bridge.
Drogba could come up against the Blues thanks to Galatasaray's last-gasp qualification for the last 16 yesterday, with the Turkish side pipping Juventus to second spot in their group thanks to a late strike from Wesley Sneijder.
Mourinho believes that Drogba deserves a rapturous return to West London far more than him after scoring 157 goals in eight sensational seasons with Chelsea, winning three Premier League titles and a Champions League crown along the way.
The 'Special One' told The Mirror: "I think he deserves to come here and get the reception I got against Hull City (on his return to the Bridge on the first day of the season).
"But Didier deserves a reception even better than mine, double or three times bigger than I had.
"I know what I felt, and I think he deserves that. To draw Galatasaray would be difficult, very difficult. But I'd like Didier to be back here and feel what I felt."
The 35-year-old is still operating at the top level with the Turkish champions, enjoying a personal reunion with Mourinho last season when Gala took on Real Madrid.
Drogba threatened to haunt Mourinho in that tie with a brilliant goal in the second leg, a prospect that would be back on the table if the draw chooses a date with destiny in 2014.
Chelsea fans will have fond memories of Drogba's last touch as a Chelsea player in 2012, scoring the winning penalty in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.