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Galatasaray 1-1 Chelsea 2014: Highlights, Report, and Reaction

Chelsea became the only English club to avoid defeat in the first leg of the Champions league last 16 stage this season after we came away from Istanbul with a 1-1 draw. After dominating the first 30 minutes of the match, Chelsea were put under enormous pressure by Galatasaray at the Turk Telecom Arena.

Match Highlights:

We had several opportunities on the counter-attack, but lack of clinical finishing was once again the sore point. Torres had given us the lead after just nine minutes following a swift counter-attack.

Chelsea were made to pay for the lack of decisiveness in attack after Chedjou equalised in the second half from a corner.

John Terry and Petr Cech were at fault for the equaliser, but this was still a good result for us away from home.

Jose Mourinho’s reaction:

Didier Drogba, who was coming up against Chelsea for the first time since leaving in 2012, was a constant thorn against the defence of Terry and Cahill.

The away goal could prove crucial in the second leg at Stamford Bridge on March 18.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Lampard, Ramires; Schurrle (Mikel 66), Willian, Hazard (Oscar 90+1); Torres (Eto’o 68)

Goals: Torres 8

Galatasaray (4-2-3-1): Muslera; Eboue, Chedjou, Balta (Kaya h/t), Telles; Melo, Inan (c); Hajrovic (Kurtulus 31), B Yilmaz, Sneijder; Drogba (Bulut 79)

Goals: Chedjou 64