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Galatasaray 1 - 1 Chelsea : Player Ratings

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Galatasaray and Chelsea played out a scored draw to set up the prospect of an enticing return leg at Stamford Bridge in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16. Chelsea went ahead early through a close range finish from Fernando Torres and looked set for an away win. However, a tactical tweak from Roberto Mancini saw a strong comeback from Galatasaray and they equalised through Aurelien Chedjou from a corner to level the score.

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Fernando Muslera (5/10): The keeper was shaky initially and presented Willian with a great chance. Was also partly at fault for the Chelsea goal

Emmanuel Eboue (5/10): The right back was often caught out of position and his lax defending saw Azpilicueta provide the cross for the goal


Torres grabs crucial away goal as Chelsea are held by Galatasaray

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Galatasaray and Chelsea cancelled each other out to set up a tasty looking second leg tie after the first leg ended 1-1. Fernando Torres put Chelsea ahead early on in the game and the Blues looked set for a gritty away victory before conceding to Aurelien Chedjou from a corner. It was a game of two halves and after getting out ran initially, Mancini's switch to a 4-5-1 seemed to be the turning point in the game. Chelsea were perhaps slightly happier at the end of the evening, having grabbed that away goal and Mourinho's team requires only a goalless draw to progress to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

Roberto Mancini named an expected line up who set out with a 4-4-1-1 formation. The pairing of Drogba and Yilmaz up front looked rather menacing and the two forwards were expected to interchange throughout the game. In midfield, the pairing of Inan and Melo looked more than a match for their Chelsea counterparts. Sneijder, the star Dutchman was theoretically starting in a wide position but it seemed like he was given the license to roam in and influence the play. The atmosphere in Istanbul, as always, delivered with a hostile cauldron welcoming Chelsea to the Turkish capital and the whole club looked up to a big occasion.


Olympiakos 2 - 0 Manchester United: Player Ratings

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Manchester United succumbed to yet another loss in what is proving out to be one of their worst seasons in their recent history. The Red devils are all but out of Europe after losing 2-0 to a spirited Olympiakos side thanks to goals from Alejandro Dominguez and Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell. United's tactics were abysmal and heaps the pressure on manager David Moyes who faces a fight to retain the support of the majority inside Old Trafford.

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David De Gea (5/10): United's keeper could have done better with the second goal but it was a screamer. One of United's better players

Chris Smalling (4/10): A night to forget for Smalling. Absolutely awful with his passing and put United in trouble more than once by losing possession needlessly


New low for Moyes as Olympiakos stun Manchester United

Manchester United's season took yet another abysmal turn as they were outplayed by modest Olympiakos and are now all but out of the Champions League. With their draw supposedly easier, the Red devils were expected to take a big step towards qualification to the next round but they were outplayed by a disciplined Olympiakos side whose work-rate and creativity seemed to stem United's play. Alejandro Dominguez and Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell were on the scoresheet as the Greeks heaped further misery on David Moyes with a 2-0 victory in the first leg.

The adventurous Olympiakos manager Michel set his side up in a clever formation. The Spaniard went for a midfield pairing of Maniatis and N'Dinga. The wide positions were occupied by the pacey likes of Campbell and Perez. The latter especially, with his ability to cut in from the left hand side, posed a potent threat for Manchester United's back four. The back four of Olympiakos looked very solid and at right full back was Salino, who is known for his marauding runs down the right. Javier Saviola, the experienced Argentine striker did not feature even on the bench as he was carrying a knock.


'No friends' promises Mourinho for Drogba reunion

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has spoken about the prospect of facing up against the monster that he created in Didier Drogba in the Champions League this week. Speaking ahead of his team’s Round of 16 tie against Turkish champions Galatasaray, Mourinho commented that he would not deal with the threat of the Ivory Coast hitman in any special way.

Mourinho said, "I've played against (Drogba) already. It's a strange feeling, but we know him well and that means there will be no friends during the game. We have respect for a real legend of this club before the game and after the game, but we have a job to do. It's in his nature to win and to score, but we have to stop him. They are a very experienced team who has Champions League winners. The crowd is very difficult -- there will be 60,000 fans and the atmosphere is really strong, so we have a big test. I think this is a tie that will go to the end."


Arsenal 0 - 2 Bayern Munich : Player Ratings

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Arsenal are all but out of Europe after crashing to a two goal home defeat to reigning European Champions Bayern Munich in the first leg of the round of 16. Both sides missed opportunities to take the lead from the spot after Ozil and Alaba missed penalties but Bayern's man advantage showed eventually as Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller put the Bavarians in control of the tie with some well taken goals.


Wojciech Szczesny (3/10): The Polish goalkeeper was good till his moment of madness cost him. The red card might have been harsh but catching someone in the shin is always asking for trouble

Bacary Sagna (6/10): Drew on all his experience to keep the threat from the Bayern left wing minimal.


Muller and Kroos on the mark as Bayern outgun 10 men Arsenal

Arsenal's season is in tatters after the Gunners have been left looking European elimination in the eye following a 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich. Toni Kroos scored a beauty after Wojciech Szczesny got sent off and Thomas Muller doubled Bayern's lead late on in the second half to put the tie to bed. The game also featured two missed penalties as Mesut Ozil and David Alaba missed from the spot for Arsenal and Bayern respectively.

Arsene Wenger sprang the biggest surprise of the night when he went in with Yaya Sanogo as the lone starting striker up front. The rookie striker has barely featured for Arsenal this season but started his second game within a week and it certainly raised more questions than answers. With his private life in turmoil, first choice striker Olivier Giroud was perhaps deemed to not be in a fit state of mind to start the game. There were five changes to the side that overcame Liverpool in the cup. The first choice full backs Sagna and Gibbs returned for Jenkinson and Monreal respectively. In midfield, Arteta's suspension meant Wilshere started alongside Flamini. Lukas Podolski was benched in favour of Santi Cazorla as Arsenal chose Cazorla's deft touches over Podolski's directness.


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