Didier Drogba’s Stamford Bridge homecoming turned out to be the dampest of squibs as Chelsea cruised to a 2-0 win over his toothless Galatasaray side on Tuesday to reach the Champions League last eight 3-1 on aggregate.
First-half goals by Samuel Eto’o and Gary Cahill effectively settled the tie and Chelsea then smothered the match with Frank Lampard offering a tireless midfield screen and their John Terry-led defence in total command.
“We are a Champions League club, we are amongst the last eight, the best teams in the world, with all the big clubs. The players deserve to be there,” said Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
“Last season the Europa league was a different level but to come from there to the Champions League quarter-final is important for the players and the club,” he added.
Chelsea won the second-tier Europa League last season under Rafa Benitez after being knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage.
Tuesday’s defeat for Galatasaray capped a frustrating return for former fans’ favourite Drogba who received a hearty welcome before kickoff and even gave Mourinho a kiss.
However, the Ivory Coast striker failed to make any headway as the visitors slipped out of the competition without once testing home keeper Petr Cech.
Galatasaray coach Roberto Mancini said: “We really played very, very badly. Chelsea were the better side and they converted the opportunities they got.
“It’s impossible to score with just one shot on goal. We need to take several steps in order to be a better team…. see more