Mancini: Chelsea are strong favourites

Roberto Mancini has suggested that Chelsea have an "80 per cent" chance of eliminating his Galatasaray side from the UEFA Champions League.

The Turkish champions play host to the Premier League leaders on Wednesday in the first leg of a last 16 tie.

Former Manchester City manager Mancini is fully aware of the threat posed by Chelsea, and feels Galatasaray must focus on at least giving themselves a chance ahead of next month's return meeting at Stamford Bridge.

"Everyone knows Chelsea are one of the best teams in Europe," Mancini said.

"They won (the) Europa League last year and (the) Champions League two years ago.

"They are used to playing these games every year and we know it will be difficult.

"I think Chelsea are top of the Premier League because they are a top team, with good players who can change the game in any moment. I think they are 80 per cent to go through in this game.

"It's important we play well in this match because we want to play the return leg in London with some chance."

Much has been made of the tie between Galatasaray and Chelsea reuniting Didier Drogba with his former club.

Yet Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder will also be coming up against a familiar opponent, having won the Champions League under current Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho during the duo's time at Inter.

"Well, what can I say about him? We won this cup together," the Dutchman said.

"Of course we are friends outside the pitch but tomorrow (Wednesday) for 90 minutes we will not be friends. I respect him a lot as we all respect him and respect Chelsea. We want to go for the victory but with respect.

"Of course I have some special feelings with Mourinho because we won the treble and had a great year together.

"It's going to be a tough game but we have prepared well and we will see what happens - we feel really confident.

"If we are all 100 per cent we can achieve something."


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