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Thursday 27 February 2014

Champions League: Chelsea held by Galatasaray

Jose Mourinho calls on home supporters to help Blues overcome Turkish champions in return leg

  • Fernando Torres scores Chelsea's opening goal against Galatasaray

  • Devante Cole produced winner for Man City against Atletico Madrid in UEFA Youth League

Galatasaray 1-1 Chelsea

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was satisfied with his side's UEFA Champions League round of 16 first-leg draw against Galatasaray after they produced an away goal in Turkey.

"If Stamford Bridge can give us 10% of what this stadium gave Galatasaray, I will have to be happy"
Jose Mourinho

If Mourinho did have a bone to pick with the visitors’ display it was the fact they were unable to convert first-half domination into further goals following Fernando Torres’s ninth-minute opener at the Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi.

Torres scored from close range after one of several lethal early counterattacks in which Chelsea tore through the hosts’ rearguard, Cesar Azpilicueta cutting the ball back for the Spain striker to give his side the lead. Torres came close again before the interval only to find Fernando Muslera equal to his goalbound shot.

The Turkish Super-Lig champions steadied the ship in the second half and equalised from a 65th-minute corner when Aurelien Chedjou connected with Wesley Sneijder’s corner, leaving the tie delicately poised for the return leg at Stamford Bridge on 18 March, where Mourinho hopes home support will carry his side through.

"This is Turkey, Istanbul, Galatasaray," said Mourinho. "Turkish football is very emotional and we were playing against a big club with big players. It's not easy. The first half was ours, we had chances to kill the game, but overall when we were counterattacking we were missing the last part. We had chances to score the second goal and that would have changed the game completely.

"In the second half they put pressure on us; they have powerful strikers and the full-backs attack a lot. We were still comfortable but we conceded a goal from a corner; that doesn't make me or the players happy, but we can't complain. It's a very difficult place to play. The result is not amazing but if Stamford Bridge can give us 10% of what this stadium gave Galatasaray, I will have to be happy.

"A 1-1 is better than 0-0 so we can't say it's a bad result but they're a good team, very experienced and we're going to have a difficult time at Stamford Bridge – that's for sure."

UEFA Champions League round of 16 first-leg results

Wednesday 26 February
Galatasaray 1-1 Chelsea
FC Schalke 1-6 Real Madrid

Man City through to Youth League quarter-finals

Devante Cole's first-half goal proved enough to take Manchester City through to the UEFA Youth League quarter-finals at the expense of Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Cole struck on 25 minutes following excellent approach work from Thierry Ambrose, and Patrick Vieira's side held on to their slender lead in an open and exciting contest, in which, only a minute after the only goal of the match, City goalkeeper Billy O'Brien tipped Alberto's header on to the bar. City will host Benfica in the last-eight stage of the inaugural competition.

UEFA Youth League quarter-finals

Barcelona v Arsenal
Chelsea v FC Schalke
Paris Saint-Germain v Real Madrid
Manchester City v Benfica

Ties to be played on 11/12 and 18/19 March

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Key Points

  • Chelsea earn 1-1 draw against Galatasaray in UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg
  • Fernando Torres gives Blues ninth-minute lead before Aurelien Chedjou's second-half equaliser
  • Man City become third English club to reach UEFA Youth League quarter-finals with win over Atletico Madrid