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Mourinho not taking Galatasaray or Drogba lightly

Chelsea FC's second leg against Galatasaray AŞ will come down to fine margins according to José Mourinho, and Roberto Mancini is urging the visitors to "believe".

Mourinho not taking Galatasaray or Drogba lightly
Mourinho not taking Galatasaray or Drogba lightly ©UEFA.com

Chelsea FC boss José Mourinho cut a relaxed figure ahead of his side's UEFA Champions League round of 16 showdown with Galatasaray AŞ and the return of Didier Drogba. 

After Cimbom came from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw in the Istanbul opener, Mourinho envisages another closely-fought encounter at Stamford Bridge. He reserved lavish praise for former Blues favourite Drogba and hailed Wesley Sneijder as one of the world's finest No10s. As for Roberto Mancini – back in England for the first time since departing Manchester City FC in 2013 – he is not expecting miracles, but said "anything can happen if you believe in yourself."

José Mourinho, manager
If you look at the result – 1-1 – and if you look at the game, one team was better in the first half, another was better in the second. It's the kind of match that could go to the wire. I very much doubt the game will be decided by half-time.

[Drogba] is one of the most important players in Chelsea's history. There is no doubt about that and it's something all Chelsea supporters would agree on. Is he at the same level as he was at 26? Nobody is, but he is one of the best strikers in the world. Tomorrow is a big game but I am not feeling any pressure. Sneijder is one of the best in his position in the world. It is as simple as that. 

Weekend result
Saturday: Aston Villa FC 1-0 Chelsea (Delph 82)
Čech; Ivanović, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matić, Ramires; Hazard, Willian, Oscar (Schürrle 67), Torres (Ba 67). 

• Chelsea were on a 14-match unbeaten run in the Premier League before Saturday. They had Willian (68) and Ramires (90+4) dismissed. Mourinho, who was sent to the stands, has never won a league game at Villa Park.

Team news
Marco van Ginkel is back in training after six months out with knee ligament damage, suffered on 24 September. Ashley Cole (knee) and David Luiz (muscle strain) have missed the last two games.

Roberto Mancini, coach
We showed a lot of respect for them [Chelsea] in the first 20 minutes [of the first leg], probably because we were nervous. The mentality is important – the attitude that we have when we start this game. It's a good occasion for me because I have good memories of England. I did a very good job with Manchester City and I'm very happy to be back and in London in the Champions League.

It's difficult to replace Drogba. He's a fantastic man and a fantastic player. We produced a miracle in the group because it was a very tough section. Now we are here and we know it will be really difficult because Chelsea are one of the best teams in Europe. But in football you never say never. Anything can happen if you believe in yourself.

We know it will be very tough but we want to do our best. The game will be difficult for both teams, but Chelsea have a small advantage. I don't know if it will be enough to score one goal but we'll see what happens.

Weekend result
Friday: Kardemir Karabükspor 0-0 Galatasaray
Muslera; Sabri Sarıoğlu, Semih Kaya (Chedjou 46), Hakan Balta, Alex Telles; Yekta Kurtuluş (Umut Bulut 76), Felipe Melo, Selçuk İnan, Sneijder; Drogba (Ceyhun Gülselam 89), Burak.

• Galatasaray have lost only one of their last 23 games in all competitions but have won just four of 19 away fixtures all season.

Team news
Aydın Yılmaz (broken ankle), Gökhan Zan (hamstring) and Emre Çolak (knee) are all ruled out through injury.

Match fact
• Galatasaray have not won in eight visits to English clubs, drawing three and losing five. Overall their record is W3 D8 L7.