Chelsea latest: Blue pics ahead of Gala trip, CL mind games, Drogba nervous

Frank Lampard

All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge as the team get ready for the Galatasaray examination in the Champions League.

Chelsea triumphed over Everton with a late strike to maintain their superiority over the rest of the Premier League at the weekend.

While the home side did not have it all their own way, for only the fourth time did they concede over 50% possession to their opponents, they did bombard the Evertonian goal with 25 shots, their second highest strike haul of the season.

The late goal was perhaps a long time coming as, in the last seven minutes, Chelsea attempted six shots on goal, compared to Everton not mustering one since the 67th minute.

The club have left West London as they travel to Turkey for the first leg of their Champions League clash against Galatasaray, but influential Gala attacker Wesley Sneijder believes his side have the upper hand due to their familiarity with tactical expert Jose Mourinho.

'Mourinho knows us well and that is an advantage but the same applies for us, we know Mourinho very well, perhaps better than the Chelsea players know us,' said Sneijder as quoted by Sky Sports. 'Chelsea is a great side, everybody has to accept that, but if we show the same spirit we did against Juventus, we could achieve another big result.'

Blues fan's favourite Frank Lampard, meanwhile, believes that their former striker Didier Drogba, who lived for the big occasions, may not perform to those high standards on Wednesday evening as he is nervous.

'I texted him after the draw because we still keep in touch,' said Lampard to Chelsea TV. 'He was delighted and nervous actually because he said it would be difficult for him to come here to Stamford Bridge. He still sees it as his home and his love.

'I said to him that once he gets back and has the reaction from the fans, he will absolutely love it, both games. I'm sure he will. The draw did have an air of inevitability. It is amazing how often these things happen in football.'

The Englishman did herald the Ivorian as the 'best' he's ever worked with and added that he anticipates a heroes reception from the traveling supporters.

And finally, here is John Terry ready to board the plane for Gala with boss Mourinho.

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