Watch free Chelsea vs Galatasaray Live stream UEFA Champions League 2014 FOX TV Online
By jhonalex | Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 17:32
Galatasaray vs Chelsea : It's Chelsea legend Didier Drogba's
first encounter against Chelsea after he left the club following a
historic winner against Bayern Munich in UCL final few years ago, a
moment he should have been waiting for since the two teams were drawn
against each other few months back.
Didier Drogba, Petr Cech, Frank Lampard, John Terry and several other
players of that UEFA Champions League triumph at Munich stand in the
same pitch, but it will be Didier vs Chelsea unit this time, as Didier
prepares himself in a UEFA Champions League outing against his loved
club and the club for which he gave it all in his stay with the Blues.
Jose Mourinho's Chelsea are at the top of the Barclays Premier League
table currently and face against Galatasaray as group winners of their
Champions League draw.
Meanwhile, Wesley Sneijder re-unites with his former manager Jose
Mourinho, as the pair look back to the glorious years of them winning a
treble with Inter.
Jose Mourinho laughed at the suggestions that Mancini put, regarding
the Italian's role in Jose's treble ahead in pre-match conference of
"It's funny," he said. "It's funny because my team had Lucio,
[Thiago] Motta, [Diego] Milito, [Samuel] Eto'o, [Goran] Pandev and
[Wesley] Sneijder. From 11 players, he didn't work with six of them. So
he made a five-a-side team because I played with only five players from
Match facts (via Euro Sport) :
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
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 United.
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.
The Italian manager, Roberto Mancini earlier said: "Mourinho won the
Champions League because he took a good team. He took a team that, like
Manchester City, I had built, a team that had a strong mentality. When I
went to Inter, they played very bad football and we changed this."
Galatasaray are enjoying a decent run under Roberto Mancini's helm,
with the former Manchester City boss overhauling their poor start to the
season, and have been successful in returning back to title hunt, being
just 4 points behind the current leaders.
While, Jose Mourinho are current league leaders in Premier League,
and have been in fine form in late, and their last defeat came from the
hands of Manchester City away at Ethiad.