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Champions League: Jose Mourinho expects close contest between Chelsea and Galatasaray

Last Updated: 18/03/14 5:30pm

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expecting another close contest with Galatasaray in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

The Blues started the first leg strongly in Istanbul three weeks ago with Fernando Torres giving them an early lead but the Turkish side hit back after the interval and levelled through Aurelien Chedjou.

Mourinho is now ready for another battle as Chelsea bid to become the first Premier League side to make it through to the quarter-finals.

When asked to sum up the game, he said: "I think it is easy. If you look at the result - 1-1 - and you look at the game - one team was better in the first half, another team was better in the second half. I think everything is balanced.

"So normally it will be the same kind of match, with a result that I believe goes until the end. I don't think one of the teams is going to make a result where people know already at half-time who is going to win."

Tuesday's game will see Didier Drogba make an emotional return to Stamford Bridge, and the Galatasaray striker admitted he would feel mixed emotions when he was asked if he would celebrate the winning goal, if he scores it.

Drogba stressed, though, that his loyalty is firmly with Galatasaray, saying: "I might not celebrate, but if we win I'll be happy.

Drogba was asked if he could see a future at Chelsea, and said: "Of course, but just not now. I still want to play."

Reports surfaced earlier this year that Mourinho had offered the Ivorian a coaching role and the Chelsea boss anticipates Drogba will one day return.

"I don't think it's the right moment to speak about it," Mourinho said.

"He's a Galatasaray player. We know he's a free agent. We know he finishes his contract at the end of the season, but we know it's not the right moment (to discuss it).

"I think it has to happen one day. When I don't know. As a player, as a coach, as an ambassador, next year, in four, five years, in 10 years, I don't know.

"But when a person represents so much to a club and when a club represents so much to a person, and that's the case, I think he has to be back one day."

"In my plans after the game, I don't have a meal with somebody that has the same job as I have and this is the only thing we have in common. The fact we both are football managers. Nothing else."
Jose Mourinho

Former Manchester City boss Mancini suggested after the 1-1 first leg that Mourinho had invited him out to dinner and followed up on the eve of the match by promising to take up the offer, on one condition.

Mancini said: "If we win, sure. And I'll pay."

Asked two hours later if he would accept, Mourinho said: "No, because I have no interest.

"In my plans after the game, I don't have a meal with somebody that has the same job as I have and this is the only thing we have in common. The fact we both are football managers. Nothing else."

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