Jose Mourinho is worried that Galatasaray's pitch could have an important part to play in tonight's Champions League clash, according to the London Evening Standard.

The Chelsea boss is worried that his team could suffer the same problems as Juventus did when the Serie A club travelled to Turkey in the group stages. The game was affected by snow which had a negative effect on the pitch and influenced the outcome of the game.

Mourinho also lost against Galatasaray in the quarter finals at the Turk Telekom Arena last season with Real Madrid. Neither side trained on the pitch yesterday with Chelsea training at Kasimpasa' ground in Istanbul.

Mourinho said: "The stadium is difficult, the crowd is difficult, even at Stamford Bridge they will bring lots of fans and put pressure on the opponents and on referees. We will play to win but we know they are strong. They have many special attacking players."

Tonight sees Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder face their former boss in Jose Mourinho. Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini leads the Turkish team, who have never beaten Chelsea, having played them twice.

The reunion between Drogba, Mourinho and Chelsea has been hyped up but Mourinho said: "To face Drogba is difficult. It's a strange feeling but we have to do our job. We know he wants to do his job, too"

Tonight's match up provides Mancini with an opportunity to get one over on Mourinho, who replaced him at Inter Milan after he won the league. Mourinho went on to win the treble with the same squad. However, Mancini claims he was instrumental in that all-conquering squad. "

He took a team that… I had built," he said.

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