DATES SET FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TIE

Posted on: Mon 16 Dec 2013

The draw for the Round of 16 stage of the Champions League paired Chelsea with Galatasaray.

The away leg is first, on Wednesday 26 February.

We then host Galatasaray in London on Tuesday 18 March.

That match against the Turkish champions will bring Didier Drogba back to Stamford Bridge.

We played the Istanbul club during our first Champions League season in 1999, beating them twice in the first group stage, 1-0 at Stamford Bridge with a Dan Petrescu goal and 5-0 away, which remains our best away result in the competition. Tore Andre Flo with two, Gianfranco Zola, Dennis Wise and Gabriele Ambrosetti were the scorers that night.

This season, Galatasaray finished second in their group behind Real Madrid by beating Juventus at home in their final group game, played in two parts due to snow in Turkey. They are managed by Roberto Mancini and have Wesley Sneijder, who won the Champions League with Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan, in their squad. They are currently third in the Turkish league.  

The full draw is:

Manchester City v Barcelona
Olympiacos v Manchester United
AC Milan v Atletico Madrid
Bayer Leverkusen v Paris St-Germain
Galatasaray v Chelsea
Schalke v Real Madrid
Zenit St Petersburg v Borussia Dortmund
Arsenal v Bayern Munich