Preview: Wednesday's Champions League ties

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Preview: Wednesday's Champions League ties

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Galatasaray VS Chelsea

Chelsea will welcome David Luiz and John Obi Mikel in their Champions League last-16 first-leg tie at Galatasaray on Wednesday.

They missed out on Saturday’s 1-0 win against Everton through injury but have made the journey to Istanbul.

The Blues will go up against former teammate Didier Drogba, who had a very strong relationship with Chelsea boss José Mourinho, and is expected to start for Galatasaray.

Mourinho spoke to press about going head-to-head with his former player.

“It is a strange feeling but we have to do our job. We know that he wants to do his job. I want to do my job trying to help my team and he was trying to do his job by scoring goals, which he did last year, but I admit it is a strange feeling that we have to forget.”

Drogba will face his former side for the first time since 2012.

Turkish champions Galatasaray moved up from Group B after beating Italian champions Juventus 1-0 at home in December.

FC Schalke VS Real Madrid

FC Schalke will also be hoping for a home advantage on Wednesday as they take on Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Manager Jens Keller told the press his side will “need a little miracle”.

Well, luck may be on their side. Real have only ever won one of 25 matches played against German teams.

But the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to the Real Madrid side could boost their chances of decreasing this deficit.

The Portuguese striker was suspended for three matches after being shown a red card during the 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao earlier in February.