Drogba and Sneijder must put friendship with Mourinho to one side and be his enemy, claims Gala boss Mancini
Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini says Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder are match winners and capable of upsetting Chelsea in their Champions League tie.
Drogba played a key role in Chelsea winning the Champions League in 2012 but Mancini says the Ivory Coast striker must put all feelings for the club and Mourinho to one side and concentrate on the job in hand,
He said: ‘Didier was an important man for Chelsea. Wesley won the Champions League under Mourinho and they have a good relationship but for 90 minutes they will be enemies.
The future’s bright: Roberto Mancini says Galatasaray have to be at their best to beat Chelsea
All smiles: Manchini speaks to the media ahead of the Chelsea game
‘After, they can go for dinner together. For 90 minutes they must be more than 100 per cent. Didier and Wesley will be very important for us.
‘Chelsea is one of the best teams in Europe. They won the Europa League last year and they won the Champions League two years ago. They play at this level every year. It will be difficult but we want to do a good job. We play at home and we want to go through, even though we know it will be difficult.
Skip to it: Drogba, Felipe Melo (L) and Aurelien Chedjou go through the motions in training
Going the distance: Drogba, Wesley Sneijder, Felipe Melo run during training ahead of the Chelsea game
Turkish delight: Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba will come up against former manager Jose Mourinho
‘It’s a young team, like us. We are younger. Chelsea is on the top of the Premier League because they are a top team and they have players who can change the game at any moment. They have fantastic players. They are 80 per cent to go through in this game.’
And Mancini was keen to play down the rivalry on the touchline, he said: ‘It will be two teams with some really good players and they will decide this game.
‘Unfortunately me and Mourinho can’t play this game. I don’t know what will be the key. For us it is important to play a good game, pay attention because Chelsea can score at any moment. We want to play the return in London with some chance.’
Eyes on the ball: Drogba attends a training session in Istanbul ahead of the game with his former club
The Italian was succeeded at the Inter Milan helm by Mourinho and this is his first match against English opposition since being sacked by Manchester City.
Mancini has fond memories of his title-winning time at the Etihad Stadium despite the unceremonious manner of his departure, but was coy when asked about a return to the Premier League.
‘Now I am here and very happy, feeling very good in Istanbul,” he said. ‘Galatasaray are the best team in Turkey and I’m happy with my job.
‘I did a good job in Manchester, in my opinion, and I am very happy with what we did, very proud.
‘In football it’s impossible to know the future because this can change in every moment.
‘I don’t know if I can come back to work in the Premier League, or if I will work in another country or stay here another five years. I don’t know. But I’m proud with what I did at Manchester.’another country or stay here for five more years. But I am proud of what I did in Manchester.’
Source : Daily Mail