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Galatasaray vs. Chelsea: Live Player Ratings
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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
Player Position H/T Rating F/T Rating
Fernando Muslera GK 6 6
Emmanuel Eboue RB 3 4
Aurelien Chedjou CB 6 7
Hakan Balta CB 5 5
Alex Telles LB 6 6
Selcuk Inan CM 6 7
Felipe Melo CM 6 6
Izet Hajrovic RW 5 5
Wesley Sneijder LW 5 6
Burak Yilmaz ST 7 7
Didier Drogba ST 7 6
Subs
Yekta Kurtulus MID N/A 7
Semih Kaya CB N/A 7
Umut Bulut ST N/A 6

B/R UK

 

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
Player Position H/T Rating F/T Rating
Petr Cech GK 7 6
Branislav Ivanovic RB 7 7
Gary Cahill CB 7 7
John Terry CB 7 7
Cesar Azpilicueta LB 8 7
Ramires DM 7 6
Frank Lampard DM 7 7
Willian AMC 7 6
Eden Hazard LW 7 6
Andre Schurrle RW 8 7
Fernando Torres ST 6 6
Subs
John Obi Mikel DM N/A 6
Samuel Eto'o ST N/A 6

B/R UK

 

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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