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Chelsea's Champions League draw at Galatasaray was a lost opportunity, says Graeme Souness
Chelsea failed to capitalise on their good start against Galatasaray, says Graeme Souness.
Last Updated: 27/02/14 9:15am
The Blues were dominant in the first-half at the Turk Telekom Arena but failed to take advantage of a shaky start by Roberto Mancini's Turkish champions and in the end, Fernando Torres' opener was cancelled out by a Aurelien Chedjou 64th minute equaliser.
That goal leaves the fixture still in the balance for the second leg at Stamford Bridge and Sky Sports expert Graeme Souness believes Jose Mourinho's side should have sensed the game was there for the taking.
Souness said: "That's an opportunity lost for Chelsea, who were bossing the game away from home, got an early goal and had chance after chance.
"When you're out on the pitch you can sense the way the game is going for you and the Chelsea players in that first half must have sensed, 'this is our night, we're on the front foot, we look like scoring every time we go up the park'.
"The players have got themselves into the last third and into dangerous positions - but they didn't deliver.
"I think Galatasaray found another gear in the second half and deserved to get something from the game.
"But for Chelsea, if you've been so dominant in the first 45 minutes and you only end up with one goal, you're thinking 'what if, if only?'"
The impressive opening act by Chelsea was not taken advantage of by their forward four and Souness believes Didier Drogba - who was facing his former club for the first time in an appetising subplot - could have made the difference had he still have been wearing the blue shirt.
He said: "I think Chelsea in the first half were fabulous and they got their goal and you're left thinking, 'there's more goals here for them'.
"But did they drop off the pace or was it case of Roberto Mancini's substitutions making the difference tactically?
"I think in that first half period if Didier Drogba had of been in the Chelsea team he would have been scoring a goal. He certainly would have been picking the correct pass more than Fernando Torres did and when they were dominant and had Galatasaray exposed in the last third.
"I just think he's an all-round player and, ok, he's certainly not what he was when he was 30-years-old but still for me, he's got a hell of a lot to offer."