Wednesday 26 February 2014 - Champions League round of 16 - Galatasaray 1 Chelsea 1
Welcome to hell? You’re welcome to it!
A very comfortable first half, Torres giving us the lead after 9 minutes, slotting home a neat pass from Dave. We continued to dominate, the home team defending very deep and allowing us to exploit the gaps. We also managed to keep Chelsea legend Didier Drogba quiet for much of the game during this much hyped encounter between him and his old club. Mancini clearly got his tactics wrong this first half, and the home fans’ persistent whistling did nothing to put us off.
But in yet another game of two halves, the home team started the second half positively, Mancini no doubt giving his own players hell in the changing room! As Galatasaray increased in confidence we seemed to increase our error rate, passes going missing and not keeping possession enough. Conversely, they started to build up the pressure when a chance at close range rebounded off the post and had to be cleared. Unfortunately, the pressure continued and inevitably the equaliser came with the next corner, our marking questionable.
With a couple of substitutions in quick succession, Mikel and Eto’o replacing Schurrle and Torres respectively, we were clearly looking to close the game down and see out the draw, aiming to just pass the ball around and keep possession, not always successfully.
But as the clock wound down with the pace of the game and with Oscar replacing Hazard on 90 minutes, thankfully the final whistle blew. Taken as a whole, I think it was a great result away from home, with the all important away goal in the bag. Roll on March 18th and the return to the Bridge and the expected rousing reception for The Drog! I fully expect us to go through.
Photo not from this game, I didn’t travel to Istanbul.