Sneijder recalls Mourinho's 'crafty' phone call

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Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder has revealed he received a "crafty" phone call from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, hours after the draw was made for the Champions League last-16.

The Dutch international - who played under Mourinho at Inter Milan - will come face to face with his former boss for the first time since he left the San Siro when the two teams meet in the first leg at the Turk Telekom Arena on Wednesday night.

Chelsea will also turn out against club legend Didier Drogba, who scored the winning penalty to help the Blues claim the 2012 Champions League crown.

But, the Ivorian striker is not the only player in Roberto Mancini's side preparing to face an old friend, as 29-year-old Sneijder points out that he had a close relationship with Mourinho having won Europe's elite club competition himself, under the Stamford Bridge tactician in 2010.

"Just two minutes after the draw, the phone rang and it was none other than Jose Mourinho," Sneijder told the Turkish media, as quoted by

"He asked some crafty questions about team tactics, players, trying to obtain information, but he could not fool me.

"I have played football for many years and know what is being asked and what to say. We will see how the team plays and if we can beat them."

Chelsea will be favourites to progress over the two ties, with the second leg set to take place at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday 18 March.

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