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Drogba: Return to Bridge is emotional


Didier Drogba. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Didier Drogba. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Didier Drogba. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

DIDIER Drogba hopes to mark his return to Chelsea with a Galatasaray victory tonight when he plans to keep his emotions in check.

The 36-year-old, whose final act after eight years as a Chelsea player was scoring the decisive penalty in the 2012 European Cup win over Bayern Munich, returns to his old stomping ground with the Champions League last-16 tie finely poised at 1-1 after the first leg.

The Ivory Coast striker admitted he would feel mixed emotions when he was asked if he would celebrate the winning goal at Stamford Bridge, if he scores it.

"With all the respect that I have for this club, for the fans and for the players, I might not celebrate, but if we win I'll be happy," said Drogba.

"It's very difficult to play against Chelsea, but it's not going to be difficult for me to put myself into the competition mode.

"Now I belong to Galatasaray. I need to be professional."

Drogba is the main protagonist of a contest which pits Jose Mourinho against his predecessor as Inter boss, the former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.

Mancini steered City to the 2012 Premier League title – City's first championship in 44 years – and is relishing his return to England.

"I did a really good job with Manchester City," Mancini said.


"I'm very happy to play this game, first of all because it's here in London and, after, because it's Champions League."

A win or a score draw of 2-2 or more would see Galatasaray progress, with Mancini comparing the scenario to the end of Group B, when a 1-0 win over Juventus saw them advance at the Italians' expense.

"We did a miracle in the group because it was really diffcult to go through in that group," Mancini added.

"Chelsea have a small advantage. I don't know if it will be enough to score one goal. Tomorrow, we will see what happens."

The Italian said he would accept Mourinho's offer, made in Istanbul, of a post-match dinner, on one condition.

Mancini added: "If we win, sure. And I'll pay."