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Football: Chelsea, Real Madrid safely into last eight

Chelsea eased into the quarter-finals of the Champions League at the expense of Galatasaray on Tuesday, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid completed a comprehensive win against Schalke 04. First-half goals from Samuel Eto'o and Gary Cahill gave Chelsea a 2-0 victory as they saw off their Turkish opponents 3-1 on aggregate to succeed where fellow Premier League clubs Arsenal and Manchester City failed and make it into the last eight.

I must control emotions on Stamford Bridge return: Drogba

By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Didier Drogba will have to fight hard to control his emotions when he returns to Stamford Bridge for Galatasaray's Champions League last-16 second leg against Chelsea, the Ivorian said on the eve of Tuesday's match. The 36-year-old striker ended a glittering eight-year career with the London club by scoring the winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League shootout victory over Bayern Munich in the final at the Allianz Arena.

Football: Drogba plans show of respect on Chelsea return

Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba admits he is unlikely to celebrate if he scores on his emotional return to Chelsea in the Champions League. Drogba will be back at Stamford Bridge for the first time since leaving the Premier League club in 2012 when Galatasaray face Chelsea in a last 16 second leg clash on Tuesday. The 36-year-old, whose final act as a Chelsea player was scoring the decisive penalty in the 2012 Champions League final win over Bayern Munich, returns to his old stomping ground with the tie delicately poised at 1-1 after the first leg.

Football: Chelsea in pole position after Galatasaray draw

Chelsea have the upper hand in their Champions League last-16 tie with Galatasaray after coming away from a testing environment in Istanbul with a 1-1 first-leg draw on Wednesday. The visitors led at half-time thanks to an early goal from Fernando Torres, but Galatasaray improved in the second half and restored parity after the hour mark when Cameroon defender Aurelien Chedjou found the net. A draw was a fair reflection of the way the game went, but Chelsea will now hope to finish the job in the return at Stamford Bridge on March 18.

Football: Chelsea '10 times better than Galatasaray' - Drogba

Didier Drogba has said former club Chelsea are "10 times better" than his current side, Galatasaray, ahead of the teams' Champions League meeting in Istanbul on Wednesday. "Are Chelsea better than Galatasaray? Yes, they are 10 times better," the Galatasaray striker, now 35, told the BBC on the eve of the last 16 clash. "If I play it is to win. It will be tough but Juve were better than us, so anything can happen. If there's a one percent chance of us winning. I'll believe it."

Football: Chelsea braced for Drogba reunion in Istanbul

Chelsea renew acquaintances with former hero Didier Drogba and an old rival in Roberto Mancini when they go to Istanbul to take on Galatasaray for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday. Drogba was the hero of Chelsea's 2012 final victory against Bayern Munich, scoring a late equaliser to force extra-time and then netting the decisive penalty in the shoot-out that followed.

Football: Mikel, Drogba, Toure on final shortlist for African award

Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure remains on course for a third straight CAF African Player of the Year Award after he made the final three-man shortlist on Tuesday. "The Ivorian pair of Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba make the final three for a second successive year and will be joined by John Obi Mikel of Nigeria," the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on their website. The 30-year-old Toure won the award in 2011 and 2012.

Drogba's Galatasaray face huge Real Madrid task

By Ece Toksabay ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Didier Drogba and his Galatasaray team mates have a tough task when they try to overturn a 3-0 deficit against Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday. Drogba, who won the title last season with Chelsea, will take some cheer from his performance in Saturday's domestic championship game against Mersin Idman Yurdu when he scored two second-half goals in a 3-1 win.

Football: Torres determined to return to his best for Chelsea

Spanish Euro and World Cup winning striker Fernando Torres pledged on Saturday to try his heart out to regain the form that saw him become one of the most feared marksmen in world football. The 29-year-old - capped over 100 times by his country - has failed to replicate the form for Chelsea that earned him a £50million move in January 2011 from Liverpool. However, a brace against Russian side Rubin Kazan on Thursday in their Europa League quarter-final, first leg clash took him to 18 goals for the season and gave him hope that he is on the right track.

Football: Torres determined to return to his best for Chelsea

Spanish Euro and World Cup winning striker Fernando Torres pledged on Saturday to try his heart out to regain the form that saw him become one of the most feared marksmen in world football. The 29-year-old - capped over 100 times by his country - has failed to replicate the form for Chelsea that earned him a £50million move in January 2011 from Liverpool. However, a brace against Russian side Rubin Kazan on Thursday in their Europa League quarter-final, first leg clash took him to 18 goals for the season and gave him hope that he is on the right track.
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