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Chelsea will play Galatasaray on Wednesday night in a Champions League last-16 first leg tie, which will see old Blues striker Didier Drogba face off against his old club. The game will kick off at 2.45 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
Chelsea have some good team news ahead of tonight's tie, as defender David Luiz and midfielder John Obi Mikel are reported to be back and available. Both players had missed the weekend's 1-0 win over Everton, however, they are expected to be back to fitness and both have traveled to Istanbul, Turkey for tonight's fixture.
However, Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah will play no part for the Blues, as they are cup-tied, having previously played in this year's competition for another team before signing for Chelsea in January.
Galatasaray will be hoping Drogba can come back to haunt his old club in today's game. The powerful striker, 35, spent years teasing opposition defenses for Chelsea, however, this time he will be looking to cause some of his old teammates serious problems, and he will no doubt be looking to get on the score sheet tonight.
Drogba scored 157 goals in 342 appearances for the west London club, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups over 8 years at Chelsea. He of course scored the final penalty in the 2012 final to help Chelsea win the Champions League title.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, has said, "It's a new situation for us. For nine years Didier was a huge part of our team, a successful team. It's the first time he will play against us and we know how important he is for Galatasaray, so we need to make sure he doesn't have chances to score."
Galatasaray boss Mancini has said ahead of the game, "Everbody knows Chelsea are one of the best teams in Europe. They have won the Champions League and Europa League in the last two seasons, so they are used to playing these important games," said the Italian."
He added, "It is clear that it will be very difficult for us, but we want to play a good game at home if possible. We went through in a difficult group with Real Madrid and Juventus and I think it was a miracle. Now we are here and I don't know if we can do another miracle but we want to try. In football never say never."
Chelsea vs Galatasaray will kick off at 2.45 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.