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Chelsea vs. Galatasaray: Live Player Ratings for Blues & Gala

Didier Drogba of Galatasaray acknowledges cheering fans as his team plays against Chelsea during their Champions League Round of 16, First Leg match at Turk Telekom Arena Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
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Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMarch 18, 2014

After escaping Istanbul with a 1-1 draw, Chelsea welcome Galatasaray to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night in hope of being the first English club to qualify for the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

What's more, Stamford Bridge legend Didier Drogba will return to his old stomping ground as a member of the opposition; and while he'll show his love and appreciation for the home crowd, his first motive will be to score the goals that send the Blues packing.

Join us for live player ratings—updated at both half-time and full-time—and see if you agree with our assessment.

 

Chelsea XI

Chelsea XI
PlayerPositionH/T RatingF/T Rating
CechGK77
IvanovicRB77
CahillCB88
TerryCB88
AzpilicuetaLB77
RamiresDM66
LampardDM77
WillianRW77
OscarAMC66
HazardLW78
Eto'oST77
Subs
SchurrleFwdN/A6
TorresSTN/A6
B/R UK

Cech: A quiet outing for the Czech international; barely called upon to make a save.

Ivanovic: Got forward well, untested defensively.

Cahill: Handled any striker roaming his way with aplomb. Scored the second, killer goal.

Terry: Aerially excellent at both ends of the pitch; a big threat from set-pieces.

Azpilicueta: Worked very hard and handled Drogba at the back post very well.

Ramires: Ran hard, but had little impact on the game from central midfield.

Lampard: Some good runs and strong set-pieces from the stalwart.

Willian: A real threat tearing forward, used his pace extremely well on the counter.

Oscar: Took up intelligent positions and made intelligent runs, but doesn't look himself.

Hazard: An unstoppable dribbling machine that Gala had no idea how to handle.

Eto'o: Lively on the shoulder, a well-taken goal. Creative up front.

 

 

Gala XI

Gala XI
PlayerPositionH/T RatingF/T Rating
MusleraGK55
EboueRB53
SemihCB66
ChedjouCB66
TellesLB66
YektaCM66
MeloCM55
SelcukCM55
SneijderLW65
BurakRW55
DrogbaST66
Subs
BulutSTN/A6
Hakan BaltaCBN/A6
HajrovicRWBN/AN/A
B/R UK

Muslera: Fumbled the ball for Chelsea's goal, parried a corner straight to Cahill to score.

Eboue: A non-entity in defence; Stood and watched as Hazard weaved his way around him. Awful.

Semih: Not as solid and commanding as we've come to expect. Better in the second half.

Chedjou: A so-so performance; His marking was suspect and struggled to track runs.

Telles: Got forward well very early on, but his influenced waned quickly. Switching to wing-back didn't help.

Yekta: Tidy and solid, though not dominant.

Melo: Walked the tight-rope from the first minute with a foul. Typical Melo Yellow.

Selcuk: Must play better. Inan continually disappoints and needs to find his 2012-13 form.

Sneijder: Created a few chances early on, but like Telles, his influence waned in the first half.

Burak: Good energy on show and some good runs made, but no clear chances fashioned for him

Drogba: Won tonnes of free-kicks, but skied all his efforts and won just one header vs. Azpilicueta.

 

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