Wednesday- February 26, 2014/Kick off: 8:45PM/Last 16/Turk Telekom Arena
Galatasaray are a very good and stable side no doubt and they can stun Chelsea tonight especially if there display against Juventus in the final group game is being conidered. With a couple of game-changing personnel in Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba, there are reasons to believe they could challenge Chelsea.
Galatasaray is a difficult opponent for anyone travelling to Turkey. It has lost once in its last seven Champions League matches at home, a 6-1 thrashing by Real Madrid. It has won the other four and drawn two.
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.
These two teams have only met on two previous occasions with Chelsea boasting a 6-0 aggregate triumph from the two-legged affair during the 1999-2000 Champions League campaign. Chelsea come up against a side with tremendous attacking potency in the shapes of Drogba and Burak Yilmaz while lacking a reliable scoring presence of their own. Galatasaray, meanwhile, will be jealous of the defensive security Mourinho has in the likes of John Terry, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic this term.
Roberto Mancini hasn’t had it good in Europe and e hope he doesn’t just screw this up again especially when you are contesting with a manager that understands and has been successful on the continent, Jose Mourinho.
-Gökhan Zan might get to start after recovering from a hamstring problem.
-Aydin Yilmaz is in the same boat, having recently recovered from an ankle injury.
-Aurélien Chedjou is still out with a groin.
-Hakan Balta and Hamit Altintop are also slight doubts, but should be available.
-Nemanja Matić and Mohamed Salah are both cup-tied.
-Marco van Ginkel is out with a long-term knee injury.
-Oscar, David Luiz, and John Obi Mikel will all have to face a late fitness test.
HOW THEY WILL LINE UP
Looking into the mind of both coaches, this is how they will probably line up their team.
For Roberto Mancini – (4-3-1-2): Fernando Muslera; Alex Telles, Hakan Balta, Semih Kaya, Sabri Sarioglu; Felipe Melo, Ceyhun Gülselam, Selcuk Inan; Wesley Sneijder; Didier Drogba, Burak Yilmaz
For Jose Mourinho – (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Cesar Azpilicueta, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic; Frank Lampard, David Luiz; Eden Hazard, Willian, Ramires; Samuel Eto’o
HalftimeNG Prediction: It’s delicately poised and we might not get to see a high-scoring game. Galatasaray 1-2 Chelsea