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Chelsea 2 Galatasaray 0

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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Date:Wednesday March 19 2014
Time: 7:35AM


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
19/03/2014 07:49:00
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!
19/03/2014 08:02:00
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
19/03/2014 08:04:00
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
19/03/2014 08:12:00
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.
19/03/2014 08:17:00
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 Bring em all on, Except the mentioned teams God, Please Please, Almighty
19/03/2014 08:27:00
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.
19/03/2014 08:50:00
19/03/2014 09:03:00
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.
19/03/2014 10:03:00
Ath-Piliy-Kwta is the underrated player. He shd be there in the nominees for clubs POTY award.
19/03/2014 10:09:00
Matic-Luiz pivot will be key for our Title challenge. They have start against Arsenal & Pool.
19/03/2014 10:10:00
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.
19/03/2014 10:11:00
Well done, now to focus on ending Arsenal's title hopes.
19/03/2014 10:22:00
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)
19/03/2014 10:57:00
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
19/03/2014 11:01:00
That being said, but Lamps was immense last night!!!! More of the same please!!! :)
19/03/2014 11:02:00
Azpi is something else really, to think he won the battle against Drogba last night.
Pavel Permiachkin
19/03/2014 11:06:00
@Pavel, I second that!!!! He deserves to start over Cole tbh.......
19/03/2014 11:12:00
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
19/03/2014 11:27:00
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.
19/03/2014 11:28:00
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