Galatasaray vs. Chelsea: Live Player Ratings

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterFebruary 26, 2014

Galatasaray forward Didier Drogba, of Ivory Coast, celebrates after scoring during a Champions League, Group B, soccer match between Juventus and Galatasaray at the Juventus stadium in Turin, Italy, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
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Chelsea begin their Champions League knockout stage quest in Istanbul on Wednesday as they take on Turkish giants Galatasaray.

They will come up against a number of familiar foes—not least the former striking Blue Didier Drogba—and will need to hit top gear if they're to secure a strong result.

Can Jose Mourinho set the tone? Join us as we offer half-time and full-time player ratings for both sides.


Gala XI

Gala XI
PlayerPositionH/T RatingF/T Rating
Fernando MusleraGK66
Emmanuel EboueRB34
Aurelien ChedjouCB67
Hakan BaltaCB55
Alex TellesLB66
Selcuk InanCM67
Felipe MeloCM66
Izet HajrovicRW55
Wesley SneijderLW56
Burak YilmazST77
Didier DrogbaST76
Yekta KurtulusMIDN/A7
Semih KayaCBN/A7
Umut BulutSTN/A6


Muslera: Sweeping up he was positive, but very prone to an error. Close to conceding once.

Eboue: Positionally inept, pushed too far forward and left Chedjou exposed.

Chedjou: A serviceable game from the centre-back despite his colleagues' failings. Scored the goal.

Hakan Balta: Struggled with Fernando Torres, but not his worst game in place of Semih Kaya.

Telles: Defensively a little naive, but worked hard on the left and attacked well enough.

Selcuk: Not his usual commanding self in the heart of midfield in the first half, but bucked up in the second.

Melo: Probably should have garnered a yellow; his physical approach tested the referee's patience.

Sneijder: Stuck out on the left and did not enjoy the first half. Came into it in the second period and assisted Chedjou's goal.

Hajrovic: Hauled off after 30 minutes, looked out of his depth. Eboue invading his space didn't help.

Burak: Strong in the air with good in possession/link-up play on show. Moved right in the second half and did well.

Drogba: Occupied the centre-backs well but failed to spark any clear-cut chances.


Chelsea XI

Chelsea XI
PlayerPositionH/T RatingF/T Rating
Petr CechGK76
Branislav IvanovicRB77
Gary CahillCB77
John TerryCB77
Cesar AzpilicuetaLB87
Frank LampardDM77
Eden HazardLW76
Andre SchurrleRW87
Fernando TorresST66
John Obi MikelDMN/A6
Samuel Eto'oSTN/A6


Cech: Dealt with the few shots his way comfortably and cleanly, but should have claimed the corner that led to Chedjou's goal.

Ivanovic: A good presence at right-back and decent in support of attacks. Very imposing.

Cahill: Bar an early slip-up tracking Burak, looked solid overall and guarded the line well.

Terry: Matched Drogba as best he could in the air, looked sharp in moving between and spanning the channels.

Azpilicueta: Vital overlap for the opening goal, solid and dependable in defence.

Ramires: Good enthusiasm surging forward but very little in terms of end-product again.

Lampard: One key tackle in the box sticks out; a good solid performance from the stalwart.

Willian: Threatened on the break with the ball at his feet and used the space well, but rarely made the correct decision.

Hazard: A big problem for Gala on the break but didn't get any of his passing choices right in the final third.

Schurrle: Perhaps the unsung player of the half for Chelsea in an attacking sense. Very economic with the ball. Brought off in the second half early and voiced his discontent.

Torres: Scored a tap-in, but afterward struggled with his touch and decision-making.