UEFA Champions League

Galatasaray vs. Chelsea: Live Player Ratings

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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Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterFebruary 26, 2014

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.


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