GALATASARAY do not have a chance of beating Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champions League, manager Roberto Mancini said yesterday.
Mancini, who comes up against the Premier League leaders in the round of 16 first-leg at the Turk Telekom Arena in Istanbul tonight, does not fancy his side's prospects.
"We don't have a lot of chance, even at home," said the Italian, who has been in charge of the Turkish club since September.
Mancini will go head-to-head with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, the man who replaced him as Inter Milan coach in 2008 and who subsequently guided the Italian club to the Champions League title in 2010.
Despite Mourinho steering Inter to the title for the first time since 1965, Mancini does not believe the Portuguese boasts the better record of the two managers.
"Mourinho won the Champions League because he took a good team," the former Italy striker said. "He took a team that, like Manchester City, I had built."
However, Mourinho has hit back – and while he incorrectly added Thiago Motta to his line-up, the point still stood.
"It's funny, it's funny," he said. "It's funny because my team in the final had Lucio, Thiago Motta, Diego Milito, Samuel Eto'o, Goran Pandev and Wesley Sneijder. From 11 players, he didn't work with six of them. So he made a five-a-side team because I played with only five players from his team."