Other than the disappointment of dropping out of the Champions League, it was a night remember for Didier Drogba.
The Ivorian international stepped on to the Stamford Bridge pitch to a standing ovation from his adoring supporters, and was even awarded a special award – a silver boot – before the game.
The game itself was a comfortable affair for the home side, as they cruised into a 2-0 half-time lead. With Galatasaray needing to score two goals in the second-half to have any chance of progressing, it opened up spaces at the back which Chelsea really ought to have capitalised on.
Didier Drogba did manage to have a sight of goal as he lined-up a free-kick in the first-half, but his effort went so high, wide and not at all handsome that it comically struck a ‘Drogba Legend’ banner which the home side had hung from the stand’s second tier.
Despite Galatasaray’s lack of clear chances in front of goal and Drogba’s rather timid display, the 36-year-old still received a huge amount of praise of his former captain.
Speaking after the game, Terry admitted that Drogba’s strength and hold-up play still ranks better than any in world football.
He said: “He’s so strong, when the ball goes up from the keeper, no matter how strong you are you can’t get it off of him.”
“I don’t think there is anyone better in the world, even still today, doing that job and that role.”
“He’s still a massive threat and a top, top player.”
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