Roberto Mancini relying on Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder against Chelsea
Roberto Mancini is looking for a big performance from former Jose Mourinho charges Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder.
Last Updated: 25/02/14 6:35pm
Drogba was a big-money Mourinho signing in 2004, winning the Premier League in his first season at Chelesa before leaving the club in 2012 after scoring 157 goals for the club.
Dutch midfielder Sneijder played under the Portuguese coach at Inter Milan where Mourinho enjoyed the biggest single-season trophy haul of his career after winning an historic treble with the Italian side in 2010.
And Mancini insists he is looking for a big performance from the pair when Galatasary host Chelsea in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last 16 tie in Istanbul.
"Didier was an important man and an important player for Chelsea," Mancini said.
"Wesley won the Champions League under Mourinho. I think they have a good relationship but tomorrow for 90 minutes I think they will be enemies.
"After that they can go and have dinner together. But for 90 minutes I think they will play not 100 per cent, but more because we need Wesley and Didier to play very well tomorrow."
Mancini, who was Mourinho's predecessor at Inter, says he hopes his side emerge from the game with a result that gives them a fighting chance in the second leg in London.
"Two teams with some really good players will meet tomorrow," he said. "Those players can decide this game - unfortunately, myself and Mourinho can't play.
"I don't know what the key will be for the match. It will be important to pay attention to some situations because Chelsea could score from any opportunity they get.
"We would like a result that gives us hope for the second leg in London."