IN PICTURES: Didier Drogba's Stamford Bridge return

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Chelsea triumphed 2-0 against Galatasaray in the 2nd leg of their Champions League knockout stage tie, with one Blues hero in unfamiliar colours.

Didier Drogba enjoyed a hero's welcome as he returned to his own stomping ground on Tuesday night.

The man who sealed Chelsea's sole Champions League triumph with his last kick in a Blues shirt returned to a place he was so familiar calling home.

Though his performance was somewhat lacklustre, he screwed one free kick high and wide, miskicked his side's best chance in the dying minutes, saw little of the ball, and was booked for a niggly foul, the big Ivorian, voted Chelsea's best ever player in the club's official magazine, seemed to enjoy his appearance back in West London.

And so he should, Drogba scored 157 goals in 341 goals for Chelsea over an 8 year period which saw the club win Premier Leagues and domestic cups galore. And in the end, they also claimed the Champions League trophy, with Drogba leaving the club just months later after his contract expired.

His 93 minutes on the pitch for Galatasaray were bookended by rousing receptions, the biggest of which was saved for after the final whistle, amid hugs from John Terry and waves to the four corners of the ground. 

Was this a final wave to his adoring fans, or is there, as Jose Mourinho touched upon in the build up to the match, a chance for him to return upon becoming a free agent in the summer?

The former Chelsea striker clearly still has his fans at Stamford Bridge 

Drogba, alongside his son Isacc, received a trophy from chief executive Ron Gourlay prior to kick-off

The Galatasaray forward waved to the crowd as he took to the pitch alongside his former teammates

Drogba had a difficult evening against a resolute Chelsea defence, with Gary Cahill, pictured here, superb alongside John Terry

Tussling with Cesar Azpilicueta

Drogba could only watch as John Terry challenged for the ball in the Galatasaray area

     As the final whistle went, warm applause fell at him from all corners of the stadium

  

Drogba congratulating Petr Cech at the final whistle

Drogba returned the favour to the adoring fans

The popular former player saw familiar faces at Stamford Bridge, such as groundsman Jason Griffin

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