Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is expecting a close game against their Uefa Champions League round-of-16 opponents Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Mourinho’s men managed a 1-1 draw with the Turkish Champions three weeks ago in Instanbul, when Fernando Torres gave the Blues an early lead but had it cancelled out by Galatasaray’s Aurelien Chedjou.

Now the Portuguese manager is ready as Chelsea hope to become the first English side to qualify for the quarter-finals this year.

Talking about the match, he told Sky Sports: “I think it is easy. If you look at the result – 1-1 – and you look at the game – one team was better in the first half, another team was better in the second half. I think everything is balanced.

“So normally it will be the same kind of match, with a result that I believe goes until the end. I don’t think one of the teams is going to make a result where people know already at half-time who is going to win.”

Chelsea living legend Didier Drogba will lead the Galatasaray attack for his return to his old stomping ground.

The 36-year-old scored the equalizing goal as well as the winning penalty in the Champions League final of 2012 after eight successful seasons at the London club.

Commenting on Drogba, Mourinho said: “Undoubtedly he is one of the most important players in the history of this club – that is not a doubt. I think all Chelsea supporters we agree with that.

“We don’t say the most important one because that is not fair for other people that were in the same level and in the same generation, but for sure we all agree one of the most important players in the history of our club.

“Is he the same player at 36 that he was at 26? I think nobody is, but he is one of the best strikers in the world that’s for sure.”

The game also marks the return to English football for Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini, who won the Premier League title with Manchester City back in 2012.

 

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