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Chelsea 2 Galatasaray 0

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.




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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 19 2014

Time: 7:35AM

Your Comments

Forever bluesss!!! for the umpteenth time we are the only bearer of the British flag in the champions league yet they won't give us the praise we deserve. Not that we need it anyways ;). Having seen off gala comfortably its time to give arsenal the beating they deserve. We lost against 'villa but there's no cause for alarm, no dark clouds nor reason why we can't still win the league ;). #COYB #Ktbffh #UptheChels
kolagold25
Knew we would cruise this game Gala are awful away from home and are not in the same league as CFC to be fair to them. And I am SO SO SO SO happy we kept a clean sheet and Drogba and Co had a total stinker! Loved the fact all the attention before the game was all about Didier drogba coming home and the all the fan fair then who goes and steals his thunder none other than Samuel Eto'o!! you could see when he celebrated it was like he was like Drogba?? don't forget about me! Eto'o s a big game player just like Drogba was once for us. If it is possible I would like Eto'o to get another years contract as I still think he is getting used to the pace and thunder of the EPL and next season we could see him blossom even more.Eto'o coul turn out to be veryvery important at this tie of the season when we need game changers and men who love the pressure of the big games and must need win games! Eto'o might just turn out to be our best signing this season. Weah,Drogba and now Eto'o, CFC does like a African striking legend!
Dave-David
A very solid, controlled and easy win, could have had more goals but it wasn't meant to be. On to the next round.... KTBFFH;)
don delsy
Agree with you @dave-david, eto is looking more and more like a very good signing. If we could sell torres then a renewal for eto wouldn't be a bad thing.....Did anyone see hazard's messi like run where he had the keeper at his mercy but slowed down only to pass to eto and then to oscar who fluffed the chance, hazard needs to shoot more or else his dream of being like ronaldo will just be what it is - a dream. Ronaldo would have probably scored from that chance instead of being all unselfish and wasting the chance....
don delsy
The Ramires Red may be a blessing in disguise he needs rest and some time out, he will come back fresh and fit. Lamps is back on form,we have Matic and Luiz can also play there. Personally I think Jose will play Luiz-Matic in the Pivot with Schurle-Oscar - Hazard Eto'o upfront vs Arsenal, which will be very interesting cos Luiz will provide those juicy vertical passes for Schurle's dangerous runs across the opposition's backline, If he is clinical enough he should at least get a brace cos of Metasacker's slow pace.
SameX
Bring em on, whoever, I want them all, I fear none...except for Real, Please God, do not give us Real, I am petrified of Real, let Bayern get Real and they will take em out...Also God, please steer us away from Atletico, let em get Barca, and then we get Olympiacos...I do not want Borussia, I do not want to face those bees coz they're the bizniz.....so Bring em all on, Except the mentioned teams God, Please Please, Almighty
Gian-Franco/Luca
Lamps played a pivotal role in the win, he held onto the ball well and kept it running from deep. Hazard is becoming one of the most feared attacking mids on the planet, if he adds goals to his game he will be the 4th best player in the world easily. I like Ramires, I really do,he makes us thick in midfield and works really hard for the team,on his day he is totally unplayable with his speed power explosiveness drive and goal threat. If only he works on his passing and masters the art like young Josh he will be the complete package, the perfect midfielder, I have observed that Ramires has vision he knows exactly who to give the ball to especially in the final third sometimes he plays some unbelievable balls into the box or through balls but many times his passing let's him down, he tends to be even more poor when he is tired and i think the red card will do him a good. We are really hard to beat at the bridge. Our defense is probably the best in Europe(if we learn to score more goals,we will rarely lose games). Azpi is hugely underated, he deserves praise and global recognition. Eto'o is getting used to CFC and the Epl, he will become a beast next season if given a new contract. We will crush Arsenal on Saturday.
SameX
AZPILICUETA IS WORLD CLASS! MY MAN OF THE SEASON.........
austriablue
yeah @ austria blue... As far as i was concerned. Dave was the best of the lot.... He never gave Drogba an inch.... marked him all over the pitch.
Dwonder
Ath-Piliy-Kwta is the underrated player. He shd be there in the nominees for clubs POTY award.
Blu_run
Matic-Luiz pivot will be key for our Title challenge. They have start against Arsenal & Pool.
Blu_run
Oscar needs to be rested after Arsenal match...Get in salah, schrulle, willian to do the job against bottom teams who will just park the bus.
Blu_run
Well done, now to focus on ending Arsenal's title hopes.
Seabourch
No disrespect to Gala, but that was one of our "easier" games this season...... More of that in the league, cos UCL gets tough from here!!! (We havent had an easy League game for a while)
Tunez
Guys you wont believe this, but I got into an arguement with an.Arsenal fan, & he said Ramires was the best CM on the pitch last night!!!!!! I was soooooo shocked; it seems silly comments run through that club, from manager down to the fans....... :D
Tunez
That being said, but Lamps was immense last night!!!! More of the same please!!! :)
Tunez
Azpi is something else really, to think he won the battle against Drogba last night.
Pavel Permiachkin
@Pavel, I second that!!!! He deserves to start over Cole tbh.......
Tunez
Managers sees Azpi a RB playing in LB to be the weak point in chelsea defense...But, many have lost it there...hope no one succeed there in near future
Blu_run
Azpi was awesome against Drogba. Won almost all battles if not all. The chelsea player of the year is between him and the pest on all backlines, Hazard.
kolagold25
Nice easy European night for you lads last night and no injuries for the weekend, which to be honest would have been welcome!

With William and Ramires both out at the weekend what's your likely line up to be? I have to write a Scout Report for Vital Arse for the game on Saturday.

Cheers.

Galway Gooner
lol i second that blu_run, the thing is you think you can get all over azpi because he is small and then he proves to you he is as big as Iva. You change your mind and think you can go past iva because he is slow and then he puts his body in front of you and there's to where for you to go.
kolagold25
#ChelseaFCdefense No where for you to go!
kolagold25
if luiz is fit then play matic luiz pivot.for the remaining match...this is the best option we have in the midfield and next season buy one good dcm to sort out the issue once for.all...and sell rami mikel once for.all....against arsenal we should defently go with haz schrulle oscar behind eto....but i think jose.will go.defensive and will.play luiz mikel matic midfield leaving oscar on bench which i dont want at all....we have win this match if we have any chance of winning pl...
shlok27
Like I said before imagine of Azpi played for Barca or Madrid? He would already be pushing like a 86 rating on Fifa, with us though we would be lucky if Fifa gave him 82 flat next season. They will prolly give him 80 flat.
Pavel Permiachkin
have togive lamps a shout for last night as its the best I have seen him play for a while! maybe its due to him not playing much and he is fresher(as we an see whats happening with Oscar at present) but my he did well! his close control his positioning and his passing was all spot on and he as shouting and pointing all around him making sure players were where they supposed to be! Azpi,lamps,hazard,eto'o all had very fine games indeed. Ramires used to be one of the first names on my team sheets and I used to think he was undroppable. This season he has not seemed his usual self and even though his passing has always been very suspect now his whole game seems to be falling away from him. It's not enough that he can run around like a headless chicken for 90 minutes as we need a lot more from a CM and now we have Matic we really do need a top top deep lying playmaker to along side him. Ramires is a player now f he was sold I would not bat an eyelid like I would have years gone by.I hope Salah,cole,mikel,luiz and even VanGinkel can get more game time soon as players need rests and the team needs fresh legs. A bit of rotation is needed as I fear this team could burn out if some are not rested. Also have the world cup this summer so not much breaks for some players either.
Dave-David
Sell Rammy in the summer. Conceding possession so many times. Atrocious passing. His defending is also poor. Most of the time he fouls a player while defending. He used to be one of my best players. Now I feel like he is a Liability.
StamfordDLion
Not a first eleven player for me.
StamfordDLion
Same goes for Fernando Malouda
StamfordDLion
Safe to assume you will line up with standard back 4, Matic-Luiz, Lamps and Oscar in mid with Eto, Schurle and Hazzard as the front three?
Galway Gooner
@StamfordLion FERNANDO MALOUDA?? FLORENT!!!!!!!!
austriablue
@ austriablue - ... Really ?
Strapping Blue
Saw the replay of the game and it let me down. A non event if any I've seen this season. One of the easiest games for us this season. Gala never played any football. Drogba was a lone figure most of the time and I expected him to roll Terry like any decent striker would. Glad we are through although I know the next round is going to be far more difficult. Ramires continues to make me cover my face. He has gotten so poor..or maybe he has always been that way but other players covered it up. He made many runs that could have ended in goal scoring chances but he either failed to pass ( to Torres as usual) or gave the ball away. He and his pivot partner have got to go in the summer. Willian and Oscar looked much better..hopefully they have found themselves again and it was not due to Gala being poor. The tactics of Gala made it much easier than it should have been. We had an easy night. Nothing easy from here on.
had2bg
Galatasaray must have been well annoyed at Drogba kissing Jose just before kick off.It was so unprofessional,showed a lack of his focus on the game,no wonder he had a stinker.Imagine if one of our players did the same against an ex manager.
THEBREEZE
had2bg, alas you're a troll through and through; a legend-hating troll. Whatever Super Frankie Lampard did to you and your cat, dog or goat that you can't laud or at least acknowledge when he puts in a great shift like he served up yesterday is beyond the onlooker! Smh
HGH Magic
I honestly don't respect or agree with some of the cowardly attitude that flies around here. Have faith in our team we can't play gimme teams all tourny and only expect best opposition in the final. Bring on any team, I would even love Barca as a matter of fact. If we are good enough to win we can do it otherwise what is the point of having an easy road to the final if going by some of your opinions we will lose anyways.
Pavel Permiachkin
lol Gooner, go assume whatever you like matey. We'll blitz you as usual anyways lol
HGH Magic
was a very easy game that it surprised me. Eto looked sharp , hazard and azpi were superb. Ramires was so poor , glad it was gala playing like that. he needs to train with U18 and practise how to pass the ball!!
Blue Krusaders
Very fine professional display from the lads. Good displays across the board on an emotional night of Drogba's return. Arsenal next in PL, and let's give everything to get the 3 points. #upthechels #ktbffh #carefree
syed230183_chelseafc
Chris foy and crew would have rule eto'o goal for offside and cahill's for handball or obstruction.
Ige Bosun
lol @pavel, its even more cowardly not knowing when to leave a fight for another or draw your sword.
kolagold25
Lamps looks fresh for a run-in to finish the closing part of the season. I say play him in all our remaining games. He his a player that knows about the big games with lots of pressures and usually delivers at this stage
kolagold25
plus i was glad to see oscar have a hand in a goal. he had good movement and ran the channels very well but he seems to have lost some of his grace on the ball and that can be due to too many games than his body can take
kolagold25
Off topic, "pep guadiola has finally admit chelsea's victory in 2012, indeed break his spirit and enthusiasm for the barca managerial seat''
Ige Bosun
Kola that's not relevant to the fact that it is very cowardly to try and hide wins behind weak opposition left and right. I love big match ups.
Pavel Permiachkin
The other day GabeU implied that by me wanting RM next match is me having the mentality to wana get ousted from CL so we can only focus on BPL. Honestly I just have faith in my team.
Pavel Permiachkin
@pavel, if we face a bayern or barca the game can go either way. there will not be an outright favorite. This kind of match are left for when there are no smaller teams to feast on. How can i propose to go into a match that can go either way when i can play a smaller team and get into the semi final safe and sound with perhaps more prestige and money??
kolagold25
BPL is still possible. If we can't beat the best teams as is in the CL what is the point of cowering behind the weak teams and then by that attitude lose to a top team in the semis or finals, at the same time distracting us from a very possible BPL title. How do we test tge waters in the CL and see if we got what it takes? Gala is not it, so at the moment I still hold BPL as main priority. What if we beat bayern RM or Barca next? Then we can say lets focus on both it is possible.
Pavel Permiachkin
 

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