Chelsea are favourites to beat Galatasaray, says Mancini
Wednesday 26 February 2014
Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini has claimed that Chelsea are clear favourites to beat his side in the last 16 of the Champions League, with the first leg taking place on Wednesday, BBC Sport has reported.
The Turkish champions are at home in the first leg, but Mancini claims that the Blues have an 80% chance to reach the quarter-finals. He said: "They have fantastic players used to playing games like this. I think they have an 80% chance of going through. They have really good players - these players who can change the game at any moment."
Chelsea come into the game top of the Premier League, in which they have not lost since December. Victory over Everton on Saturday meant that they have only lost once in their last 17 matches. The Blues will come into the tie as favourites, although each of England’s other three representatives have suffered first leg losses.
Didier Drogba takes on Chelsea for the first time since leaving in 2012, and Mancini added: "They have a good relationship with him, but tomorrow, for 90 minutes, I think they will be enemies. After 90 minutes, they can go and have a dinner together. But for 90 minutes they should play at more than 100%. We need Didier and Wesley (Sneijder) to play very, very well."
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