Chelsea is another Premier League club to participate in the UEFA Champions League [UCL]. Its Round of 16 match includes both legs with the Turkish Club Galatasaray.
The first leg is to be held at Instanbul, Turkey while the second will be at Stamford Bridge in London. What can be said about the two clubs?
The Turks are currently number 35 on the 2013/14 UEFA Ranking scale. Galatasaray boasts of players such as Didier Drogba [formerly of Chelsea] and Wesley Snejder [of Arsenal].
Roberto Mancini is the club's current coach after a stint with Manchester City. Galatasaray has two wins, three losses, and one draw in its current UCL participation.
Chelsea is number four in the current UEFA ranking with four wins and two losses in its current UCL. Its manager Jose Mourinho has an array of players such as goalkeeper Petr Cech, defender Cesar Azpilicueta, and midfielder Frank Lampard.
Juan Mata and Fernando Torres as forwards may be helpful especially when the latter can surprise. David Luiz can offer an element of surprise which he did during a friendly match between the English and AC Milan in July 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Accoerding to UEFA, the people to watch are Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres, and Eden Hazard. Eto'o scored two goals within five matches while Torres managed two within three.
Hazard scored one within four matches played. While anything is possible, here are the predictions.
Galatasaray 1-2 Chelsea
Chelsea 3-0 Galatasaray
Video courtesy of Roberto Alvarez-Galloso