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Chelsea v Galatasaray: Graeme Souness can't see Didier Drogba inspiring upset
Graeme Souness isn't backing Chelsea for European glory, but says they'll get past Galatasaray.
Last Updated: 19/03/14 10:04am
They've got the away goal and I think Jose Mourinho would have been slightly frustrated that they go into this game at only 1-1 because they showed such dominance in the early part of the first leg in Istanbul.
Roberto Mancini made some changes after about 30 minutes of that match and it worked for him on the night - however, I don't think it will be the same at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
I don't see tactical changes having an impact on the outcome of this one because Chelsea have a fantastic home record and, ultimately, have better players. I can't see any upsets.
Galatasaray are not without a threat; especially the obvious one. It's maybe written in the stars that Didier Drogba will score at Stamford Bridge and I certainly don't think the occasion will get to him. I think he will go there and do the best for his employers and there will be no sentiment from him during the 90 minutes.
You don't get to this stage of the Champions League and not have a threat. You'd have to say that even though Drogba can't run around with the same athleticism that he did five years ago, he can still be cute and clever and he boasts that sixth sense that all great strikers have. He is an obvious threat, but I still think that overall Chelsea will have too much for them.
However, I don't think they are realistic winners of the Champions League this year. I just feel they are a little bit short in the obvious areas.
The lack of strength in the striking department could cost them in this competition, but also in the Premier League. After tipping Manchester City all season long for the title, I felt Chelsea had emerged as the favourites - but now I'm not so sure after the 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa.
They had two players sent off in that match and I'm sure Galatasaray will be looking to try and rattle Chelsea's players again at Stamford Bridge, but that's nothing unique to this match. That's something that all players and coaches have to live with in the modern game and I don't see that being a particular issue.
But I do think Chelsea will come into the game full of anger and determination to put the weekend behind them because they will feel they were harshly treated at Villa Park.
In contrast, Galatasaray didn't have a good result at the weekend, drawing with Karabükspor and will not come into the game full of confidence. They are not on fire right now and I think Chelsea are big favourites.
It should be a cagey game because Chelsea are a cagey team. They have a group of players that have experience and they all know what they are doing. They don't like chasing games and they won't do that.
But they are at home and I fully expect them to be on the front foot for the vast majority of the game and to go through.