Five key observations from Chelsea's draw at Galatasaray

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Chelsea played well to get a 1-1 draw away at Galatasaray last night.

Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their last 16 Champions League game away at Galatasaray.

The Blues produced a professional performance and were rewarded for early pressure when Fernando Torres converted a Cesar Azpilicueta cross before some slack defending from a set piece allowed the Turkish side to equalise.

There were several talking points to come from the performance and we’ve come up with five key observations from the game.

Tactics

Mourinho was, is and always will be one of the best tactical brains in modern football.

In big games like this, he finds a way for his team to close down the opposition and get a result. The Blues can be happy with the result and Mourinho would have taken a score draw before the start of the game.

Set Pieces

Galatasaray’s equaliser came about from a fine corner from Wesley Sneijder.

Surprisingly John Terry went to sleep, which allowed Aurelien Chedjou to ghost into the area and score a simple goal which gets the Turks back into the tie ahead of the second leg.

Andre Schurrle

A very decent performance from a man who has found regular football hard to come by over the rest of the season.

He played with somewhat of a free role in behind Fernando Torres, which meant he could drift around to either side of the pitch as well as dropping deep into the midfield. He was very effective and needs to feature over the next couple of weeks.

Fernando Torres

Looked tired in the second half as a result of not having too much football since coming back from injury.

However, he never stopped working on and off the ball which is a tribute to his work ethic and attitude, which made it difficult for Galatasaray to play as soon as they picked the ball up from the back.

Reinvention

Roberto Mancini switched Galatasaray’s formation to a 4-5-1 which stopped the Blues from having space in the midfield and prevented the full backs from getting forward.

There was no reinvention from Chelsea after the home side got their equaliser, which was is a little bit disappointing if you’re a Chelsea fan but understandable if you’re Jose Mourinho looking for a draw.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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