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Galatasaray v Chelsea: Match preview

Drogba's reunion with Mourinho has been exaggerated as a football match (©GettyImages)
Drogba's reunion with Mourinho has been exaggerated as a football match (©GettyImages).

Chelsea face Turkish giants Galatasaray tonight in a highly-anticipated match that will see Chelsea legend Didier Drogba turn out against his former club where he is loved and respected.

His last kick of a ball in the Chelsea shirt won them their first Champions League trophy in May 2012 and nearly two years on he returns to face them in a tie which, according to Galatasaray boss Roberto Mancini, Chelsea are '80% likely to win'.  

However, Drogba is not Galatasaray's only threat with the likes of Burak Yilmaz alongside him and Wesley Sneijder behind the Ivory Coast international. On their day, these three can provide impeccable football to match the very best teams.

Sneijder had had a spell under Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan, where he won the Champions League in 2010.

Chelsea's league form has massively improved in the second half of this season, since their 3-0 demolition of Southampton on New Years Day and they will be looking to extending their winning form into the European games to launch a successful claim for the Champions League trophy.  

The mind games are still rife between the experienced managers, with Mancini mentioning that he created the foundations for the Champions League winning Inter Milan side led by his Portuguese counterpart and Mourinho subsequently laughing off these claims.

Chelsea now need to remain focused, take each game as it comes and provide positive results to give the Stamford Bridge faithful something to smile about after a fairly poor start to the season.  

Galatasaray, on the other hand, have a real opportunity to cause a major upset with a win in Istanbul tonight. They will have to play to the very best of their abilities and if Chelsea are not well prepared, they could be severely punished.

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Chelsea
Didier Drogba
UEFA Champions League
Football

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