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Mourinho ready for a battle

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expecting another close contest with Galatasaray in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

The Blues started the first leg strongly in Istanbul three weeks ago with Fernando Torres giving them an early lead but the Turkish side hit back after the interval and levelled through Aurelien Chedjou.

Mourinho is now ready for another battle as Chelsea bid to become the first Premier League side to make it through to the quarter-finals.

When asked to sum up the game, he said: "I think it is easy. If you look at the result - 1-1 - and you look at the game - one team was better in the first half another team was better in the second half. I think everything is balanced.

"So normally it will be the same kind of match, with a result that I believe goes until the end. I don't think one of the teams is going to make a result where people know already at half-time who is going to win."

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba will be leading the Galatasaray attack as he makes an emotional return to west London.

The Ivory Coast international spent eight seasons with Chelsea, and his send-off in the summer of 2012 was the winning penalty in the Champions League final win over Bayern Munich.

Mourinho said: "Undoubtedly he is one of the most important players in the history of this club - that is not a doubt. I think all Chelsea supporters would agree with that.

"We don't say the most important one because that is not fair for other people that were in the same level and in the same generation, but for sure we all agree one of the most important players in the history of our club.

"Is he the same player at 36 that he was at 26? I think nobody is, but he is one of the best strikers in the word that's for sure."

Mourinho also revealed he expects Drogba to return to Chelsea in some sort of role at some stage in the future.

He said: "I think it has to happen one day. When I don't know - as a player, as a coach, as an ambassador - next year, in four or five years, in 10 years - I don't know.

"But when a person represents so much to a club and a club represents so much to a person - and that's the case I think - he has to be back one day."