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Chelsea not underestimating Galatasaray threat

Mikel says Galatasaray will be no pushovers (©GettyImages)
Mikel says Galatasaray will be no pushovers (©GettyImages).

Chelsea holding midfielder John Mikel Obi believes Didier Drogba and Galatasaray will prove a hard nut to crack in the Champions League round of 16.

During the draw which was made in Nyon on Monday, the Blues' were tied with the Turkish side as Jose Mourinho anticipated.

The self-acclaimed 'Special One' wanted his first spell signing Drogba to return to Stamford Bridge - where he can receive a warm reception in a place he can call his home. 

But, though the Turkish team Galatasaray is not as tough as Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich, the defensive midfielder believes playing Galatasaray will be tough.

“They are a great team,” Mikel told his club’s official site.

“Didier [Drogba], Wesley [Sneidjer], they have a good team and obviously they have Roberto Mancini who is trying to implement hi philosophy and change the way they play.

“It will be tough but it's a game we're looking forward to. It will be good to meet old rivals, who you have played against in the past, as well as old team-mates."

The Nigerian international also encouraged his team mates to play to their best when they first play away, regardless of the bias kind of support the Turkish side fans will give to their team. 

"We know what to expect from the fans. They will be on top of their team and support them but it's up to us to not listen to them and make sure we go out there and play our game,” he added.

Mikel, who was bought by Mourinho in his first spell, has featured five times for Chelsea in this season's tournament.

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John Obi Mikel
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Didier Drogba
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