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Mancini thankful for Galatasaray improvement

Published: Wednesday 26 February 2014, 23.32CET
Roberto Mancini and José Mourinho agreed Galatasaray AŞ's improvement was rewarded with a draw against Chelsea FC, each praising the home support.
Mancini thankful for Galatasaray improvement
Aurélien Chedjou enjoys scoring Galatasaray's equaliser ©Getty Images

Match statistics


Goals scored1
Possession (%)56
Total attempts9
on target4
off target5
against woodwork1
Yellow cards1
Red Cards0
Fouls committed20
Fouls suffered17


Published: Wednesday 26 February 2014, 23.32CET

Mancini thankful for Galatasaray improvement

Roberto Mancini and José Mourinho agreed Galatasaray AŞ's improvement was rewarded with a draw against Chelsea FC, each praising the home support.

Roberto Mancini, Galatasaray coach
In the end it's a good result. We made three or four mistakes early on but in the second half we played very well. In the first half we were too deep, we played with fear probably but I'm very happy with the second half. We conceded the goal on the counterattack; I brought off Izet Hajrovic, who didn't have a bad game, but we needed another midfielder because we were outnumbered every time.

I don't regret not starting the game with Semih [Kaya]. All of my players are doing their best but sometimes there can be mistakes. We made four or five mistakes during the match and naturally one of those led to a goal. After the game, Mourinho asked about the possibility of going out for dinner.

In the second half we probably deserved to score another because we played very well and 1-1 is a good result. We got a lot of confidence in the second half; in the first we had too much respect for Chelsea but we need to play more like we did in the second half.

I expect a very difficult match in England but our players showed what we are capable of, especially in the second half. The Premier League is one of the best competitions in the world and Chelsea are one of the best teams in the world, but now we have more chances than before the first leg was played. Now the chances for us to go through are around 40%.

Our fans were fantastic. We are winning matches with their power and it's really hard to describe them. 

José Mourinho, Chelsea manager
This is Turkey, Istanbul, Galatasaray. Turkish football is very emotional and we were playing against a big club with big players. It's not easy. The first half was ours, we had chances to kill the game, but overall when we were counterattacking we were missing the last part. We had chances to score the second goal and that would have changed the game completely.

In the second half they put pressure on us; they have powerful strikers and the full-backs attack a lot. We were still comfortable but we conceded a goal from a corner; that doesn't make me or the players happy, but we can't complain. It's a very difficult place to play. The result is not amazing but if Stamford Bridge can give us 10% of what this stadium gave Galatasaray, I will have to be happy.

A 1-1 is better than 0-0 so we can't say it's a bad result but they're a good team, very experienced and we're going to have a difficult time at Stamford Bridge – that's for sure.

Last updated: 28/02/14 0.06CET

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