Chelsea latest: Eto'o on his age, Gala fans threw coins, Arsenal in UEFA Youth?

All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge, including a look ahead to Fulham FC clash.

Earlier this week, Jose Mourinho was caught on camera seemingly pondering the true age of Cameroon ace Samuel Eto'o: 'He is 32, maybe 35, who knows…' the Chelsea boss is quoted to have said in a comment the media seemed to believe would infuriate the striker, yet the forward provided a jesting response.

'If at 36 and 37 I can score three goals at Manchester United it means that I still have some juice and I can even score until I am 50 but I really don't care, what is really important to me is to give my maximum to the team, to help them to win some titles.'

Valued by at £7.9m, Eto'o has scored eight and set up six in all competitions thus far this season. In the Champions League alone he has been responsible for a goal/assist every 78 minutes on average.

Eto'o's strike rival at Stamford Bridge, Fernando Torres, won the Champions League acclaim this week as he produced a vital away goal in Turkey on Wednesday evening in a 1-1 draw that Petr Cech has, on reflection, settled for.

'We are now in a position where we will go through with any win, but Galatasaray showed their strength and nothing is decided yet. We had a lot of counter attacks which we could have done better with and gone 2-0 up. It's a pity we didn't do that.'

Both Cech and one of his main centre backs Gary Cahill both credited Gala for their raucous home fans, who helped provide an awkward and hostile atmosphere to compete inside.

'Suddenly we were not in control and we had to defend a lot as Galatasaray came to life with the help of their fans,' commented Cech on his personal website. 'The atmosphere was infernal. The loudest I have experienced in my career. It was an incredible roar. When they started to boo or whistle, you could really feel it. Sometimes they were throwing coins and lighters but they didn't hit me, fortunately.'

Cahill added, as per The Mirror: 'The atmosphere was crazy, really crazy. We had a spell in the second half when we had the ball and I couldn't hear a thing, so taking everything into account we did alright.'

The Englishman also said that the club can gain a psychological edge should they scalp local rivals Fulham on Saturday, as they will continue to set the pace in the Premier League title race: 'Psychologically, it would be decent for us.

'We’ve got to rest up because it’s a big game against Fulham. We’ll do all we can. We were back at 4am or 5am, then training in the afternoon, and train again on Friday. Ideally, you’d like a week to prepare but that’s not the case. It’s going to come fast and it’s an important match.'

Chelsea have been drawn against FC Schalke in the quarterfinal of the UEFA Youth League and, should they defeat the Gelsenkirchen side, then they would face Arsenal in the semis should the Gunners defeat Barcelona.

And finally, here is a selection of Chelsea stars who have been given The Simpsons style treatment by famed cartoonist Matt Groening.

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