Mourinho: Galatasaray made Drogba feel a 'lonely man'

Stamford Bridge

Gala tactical set-up and attack service prevented former Chelsea man from getting a run at two Blue defenders.

Touted as one of the most formidable centre back partnerships in world football, Chelsea's defensive duo Gary Cahill and John Terry are largely responsible for limiting the amount of goals conceding against the Blues, as the Stamford Bridge side have conceded just 23 goals from 30 matches in Premier League competition.

On Tuesday evening, versus Galatasaray, the English pair were once again pivotal in what was another clean sheet registered, yet they may well have felt like they were at Cobham, their elite training facilities, as they lined up against a player they know all too well - Didier Drogba.

Pre-match, much was made about Drogba's homecoming and whether he would celebrate if he scored against Chelsea, however, his chances were limited and the Blues downed their visitors by a 2-0 score, 3-1 on aggregate via Samuel Eto'o and Cahill.

Manager Jose Mourinho has not criticised Drogba for his ineffectiveness as he believes the fault largely lies with the lack of service he was provided, perhaps pointing in the direction of the way his rival manager Roberto Mancini set his team up tactically.

"The most difficult thing was the way his team played," Mourinho is quoted by Sky Sports to have said.

"For every striker in the world, if your team doesn't produce attacking football then you feel a lonely man. So he couldn't do much and Gary Cahill and John Terry did a fantastic performance against two very good strikers.

"We controlled the game so well that we didn't see Drogba in dangerous positions," he concluded.

Chelsea are the first Premier League representative to book their way into the quarterfinals of the competition after Arsenal and Manchester City were both knocked out, last week.

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