Defeat and three red cards at Aston Villa over the weekend has left a bad taste at Stamford Bridge, but The Blues have a chance to put all that behind them as they prepare to meet Turkish side Galatasaray in the last 16 second leg of the Champions League.
At 1-1 Jose Mourinho believes everything is still to play for: “I think it is easy. If you look at the result, if you look at the game one team was better in first half and one team was better in the second, so everything is there, balanced.”
For Didier Drogba it will be the first time back in action at Stamford Bridge since he ended a glittering eight-year career at Chelsea by scoring the winning penalty in the final of the 2012 Champions League against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Munich: “I have nothing to prove to this club everything I had to prove I proved it with Chelsea. Now I come here with another team and I just want to win the game, I just want to qualify, there is nothing personal against Chelsea, there will never be,” said the Ivorian.
Real Madrid have selected Christiano Ronaldo to play in the dead rubber in the Spanish capital despite Sunday’s upcoming big game against Barcelona.
Real Madrid lead Shalke 6-1 from the first leg and have the opportunity to take it easy, but coach Ancelotti believes a match against the Germans is good way to prepare for Barca.
Shalke, slaughtered in their own backyard, have no way to qualify for the quarters, according to manager Jens Keller. Still he wants his young team to build on the experience and put in a performance to restore pride in the club.
In Wednesday’s matches can Man United overhaul a 2-0 deficit to Greek champions Olympiakos and the lift the gloom at Old Trafford.