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Chelsea boss targets 10-0 win over Galatasaray

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants his side to travel to Turkey and hammer Galatasaray 10-0 in Wednesday night's Champions League last-16 first leg.

The Portuguese coach was speaking tongue-in-cheek, of course, but he made it clear that he won't set up his side to sit back in Istanbul.

Speaking after Saturday's narrow 1-0 victory over Everton in the Premier League on Saturday, Mourinho told reporters: “Ideally I would prefer to go there and win 10-zero.

“Obviously we have some limitations.”

Mourinho was also asked about the former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who prepares to face the Blues for the first time since leaving Stamford Bridge in 2012.

“He's still good, still a threat," the Chelsea manager commented. “It will be a strange feeling playing against him because we know him so well but as a manager I have come up against him before.

"We played Chelsea when I was at Internazionale and he was at Galatasaray when Real Madrid played them last season."

Mourinho added: “We [Real Madrid] lost in Istanbul. They had us in trouble but Galatasaray is always a difficult place to go to; the crowd is difficult too. Before the game and after the game it will be big respect for Didier, we will always be big friends because he is a real legend of the Chelsea club.

"But during the game we will not be friends and we know as well that Galatasaray have a very experienced team with many more big players.”

Galatasaray, managed by former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, are currently second in the Turkish Super Lig table, having taken 44 points from their opening 22 matches.

However, Gala showed earlier this season that they are no pushovers in Europe after qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages ahead of Italian champions Juventus.

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