LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Striker Samuel Eto’o returns to the starting lineup for Chelsea for tonight Champions League last-16 second leg clash with Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge.
Eto’o comes back into the team for Fernando Torres, who scored the opening goal in the tie, while starting also is playmaker Oscar.
Starting also is Eden Hazard, a player Jose Mourinho said is “the best young player in the world,” with Ramires and Willian, who were both sent off in the English Premier League defeat to Aston Villa at the weekend, start also.
Meanwhile forward Didier Drogba is amongst the starters tonight for Galatasaray, while attacking midfielder Wesley Sneijder, who played for Mourinho at Inter Milan in Roberto Mancini starting XI as well.
“We know it will be really difficult because Chelsea are one of the best teams in Europe,” Mancini said.
“But in football you never say never. Anything can happen if you believe in yourself.”
Both teams played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg.
Chelsea v Galatasaray
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Lampard, Oscar, Hazard, Willian, Eto’o. Subs: Schwarzer, Luiz, Torres, Mikel, Schurrle, Ba, Kalas.
Galatasaray: Muslera, Alex, Chedjou, Kaya, Eboue, Felipe Melo, Inan, Sneijder, Kurtulus, Drogba, Burak Yilmaz. Subs: Ceylan, Burdisso, Gulselam, Hajrovic, Bulut, Balta, Sarioglu.
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)