Chelsea To Bounce Back in Champions League

Picture: Shuji Kajiyama/AP Photo
Chelsea's Fernando Torres scored in the first leg against Galatasaray. Picture: Shuji Kajiyama/AP Photo
Chelsea goes into Wednesday morning’s second leg tie at Stamford Bridge knowing a goalless draw or better against Turkish side Galatasaray will see it safely through to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. But the club is also fully aware of the wider implications the shock loss to Villa can deliver. The Blue Lions need to recover mentally, after falling apart at Villa Park. Two players (Willian and Ramires) were sent off and coach Jose Mourinho was banished to the stands by referee Chris Foyer in the 1-0 loss .

With Didier Drogba primed for a return to west London and a shot at haunting his former employers, Chelsea keeper Petr Cech is on notice. Drogba netted more than 150 goals for Chelsea. The Ivorian is likely to lead the line for Roberto Mancini’s talented team.

The Blue Lions squandered a lead in the first leg when Aurelien Chedjou cancelled out Fernando Torres’ early strike in the 1-1 draw. However, they have lost just one of their last 12 CL matches at the Bridge. Their place at the top of the EPL table is under threat from Liverpool and Arsenal, who are four points behind with a game in hand, while Manchester City is six points back but has played three less matches than the Blues.

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