Chelsea dominated early. Galatasaray dominated late.
In the end a 1-1 draw seemed a fair result for both clubs following their round of 16 first leg match at Türk Telekom Arena in Instanbul. It should make for a very interesting return leg at Stamford Bridge next month.
Chelsea – one of the best counterattacking sides in football – took advantage of the home side’s overaggressive style early on in the match (including a goal in the tenth minute by Fernando Torres) forcing manager Roberto Mancini to make a defensive change before half-time.
But Galatasaray (perhaps feeling fortunate to be down by just one goal) looked a completely different side after the interval. They kept on pressing and were rewarded when Aurelien Chedjou scored off a corner kick in the 65th minute.
The home side continued to plodding forward in search of a second goal but were kept at bay by Chelsea, as Jose Mourinho’s men seemed content with playing for the draw with the return leg at Stamford Bridge.
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba was kept quiet for the majority of the night. He will make what should be a very emotional return to Stamford Bridge for the second leg on March 18.