Chelsea boss Mourinho offers words of support for thwarted Drogba

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Chelsea coasted pass Galatasaray in the Champions League last night, with former Blues striker Didier Drogba a peripheral figure at Stamford Bridge.

Goals from Samuel Eto'o and Gary Cahill gave Chelsea a 2-0 win on the night and a 3-1 victory on aggregate, as Jose Mourinho's side made light work of the Turkish outfit.

But whilst the night will be remembered for a convincing display from Chelsea, there was also the return of Didier Drogba to contend with. The Ivorian striker made his first return to Stamford Bridge since leaving West London in 2012, and got an outstanding reception from a Blues fan base that still consider Drogba a hero.

However, it wasn't quite the fairytale return that Drogba would've been hoping for, as it was a frustrating night for the 36-year-old. With Galatasaray going with five across the midfield, Drogba was left isolated up front and was restricted to just 41 touches and two shots over the 90 minutes.

Having witnessed his defence give up little to Drogba, Chelsea boss Mourinho offered some words of support for his former striker, who cut a forlorn figure in the Galatasaray attack, though he did also praise the pairing of Gary Cahill and John Terry in the heart of his defence.

“I think the most difficult thing was the way his team played, because when you are a striker, if your team doesn't produce attacking football, you feel a lonely man," said Mourinho.

“It happened to every striker in the world. If the team is not there to play behind you, you are a lonely man, so I think he couldn't do much."

“I have to say, Gary [Cahill] and John [Terry] made a fantastic performance against two very good strikers. We controlled the game so well that we could never see Didier in the dangerous positions," he concluded.

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