Galatasaray vs Chelsea
Chelsea have won their two previous competitive encounters with Galatasaray, both in the Champions League group stages in 1999/00 (6 goals for, 0 against).
Chelsea are the only English team to have beaten Galatasaray on their own soil in the Champions League, back in October 1999 (0-5). It’s the Blues’ biggest away win the competition.
This is the second consecutive season in which Galatasaray have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League. They were eventually knocked out by Real Madrid in the quarter finals last season.
Chelsea have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons.
Galatasaray have only lost one of their last seven Champions League home games (4 wins, 2 draws), that was against Real Madrid in this season’s group stages (1-6).
Galatasaray have conceded 14 goals in the Champions League this season, the highest tally among the 16 teams who have reached the knockout stages.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last six Champions League knockout games (4 wins, 2 draws).
Chelsea have only conceded three goals in the Champions League this season, the best defensive tally alongside Atletico Madrid and Manchester Utd.
This game will pit together the top scoring African players in the history of the Champions League: Didier Drogba (42 goals) and Samuel Eto’o (29). This season, Drogba has scored or assisted 62.5% of Galatasaray’s goals in the competition.
Drogba scored 34 goals with Chelsea (5 with Marseille and 3 for Galatasaray). He’s Chelsea’s top scorer in the competition.
Wesley Sneijder has scored three goals in his last four Champions League games at home.
Fernando Torres has scored five goals in his last four Champions League starts.