Date:Wednesday March 19 2014
At an emotional night at Stamford Bridge, with the home crowd heralding the return of the legend that is Didier Drogba, Chelsea ensured they had a comfortable passage into the last eight of the Champions League.
If anybody had any aspirations that Galatasaray could come to Stamford Bridge and give Chelsea a real test, they were to be disappointed. The Istanbul outfit was never really in the game and two first half goals, from Chelsea, ensured the second half was little more than a training session.
Chelsea got off to a perfect start when, with only four minutes on the clock, they scored. Samuel Eto`o, preferred in attack to Fernando Torres, beat the offside trap and although he drifted a touch wide in the area, his low shot couldn`t be kept out of the Galatasaray net and nestled in the corner after the keeper could only get a touch on it.
For the remainder of the half, Chelsea had the better of the game. Our visitors probed away but couldn`t create a clear-cut chance. Two half chances were engineered, one saw a spectacular overhead kick from Drogba go wide whilst another Drogba effort, from a free kick, was high, wide and handsome.
Chelsea though, were going the closest to doubling the lead. Frank Lampard arrived in the box but steered his effort just wide whilst John Terry met a ball into the box too cleanly and his effort whistled just over the bar. But that second goal was to come on the stroke of half-time, from a corner.
With the corner arriving in the penalty area Terry was given far too much time and space to make his run. His header was palmed away by the keeper but Gary Cahill was the first to react, smashing home the loose ball into the roof of the net from four yards out.
Two goals to the good, the second half seemed to lack that certain something, the impression was there that Chelsea had something in reserve in case Galatasaray managed to get back into the game. But our visitors couldn`t create that clear-cut chance and it looked to be only a matter of time until Chelsea scored a third.
Eden Hazard, as seems to be the case these days, provided the spark to create chances but often Chelsea were guilty of elaboration ad far form clinical finishing. When the final whistle finally sounded, a certain Didier Drogba was the last to leave the pitch, deservedly milking the adulation of those who owe the Ivorian striker so much.
Drogba`s participation in a competition he`d previously graced so many times was over but Chelsea`s continues as we await the quarter-final draw this Friday.
Date:Wednesday March 19 2014
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