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Jose Mourinho expecting UEFA Champions League thriller, as Galatasaray face Chelsea

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FILE PHOTO - EDITORS NOTE: COMPOSITE OF TWO IMAGES - Image Numbers 165369819 (L) and 451677087) In this composite image a comparison has been made between Didier Drogba of Galatasaray and former Chelsea player (L) and Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho. Galatasaray and Chelsea meet in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 with the first leg on Febuary 26, 2014 and the 2nd leg on March 18, 2014. ***LEFT IMAGE*** MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 03: Didier Drogba of Galatasaray looks on during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Real Madrid and Galatasaray at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 3, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images) ***RIGHT IMAGE*** LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea at Boleyn Ground on November 23, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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With the tie poised perfectly at 1-1 after the first leg in Istanbul two weeks ago, Chelsea face Galatasaray with everything to play for at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

In what should be a pulsating European night in West London, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that he believes this match will go down to the wire.

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Away against the Turkish giants in the first leg, Chelsea took an early lead but a second half rally from Galatasaray proved there’s plenty of life left in this tie. Speaking to reporters ahead of the match, Mourinho believes it will go down to the wire in London.

“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,” Mourinho said. “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.”

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With an emotional return for Didier Drogba to Stamford Bridge, a sign reading “Drogba - legend” hangs at one end of the stadium, plus a heated sideline battle between Mourinho and former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini brewing up nicely, on and off the pitch there are plenty of intriguing subplots bubbling up before kick off.

But it is the action on the pitch which will likely be the most entertaining as Chelsea look to hit back following their first defeat in 15 PL games on Saturday against Aston Villa, while Galatasaray aim to be the spoilers as they visit the Blues.

Remember, we will have recaps, analysis and reactions from all the UEFA Champions League action right here on ProSoccerTalk.