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Roberto Mancini has told his Galatasaray players that they should be confident
of progressing past Chelsea
and into the Champions League quarter-finals after overcoming what he
described as an initial “fear” of Jose Mourinho’s team.
The former Manchester
City manager had initially given Galatasaray only a “20 per cent”
chance of beating Chelsea but, having equalised Fernando Torres’s
ninth-minute goal last night, believes that their opportunity of winning the
tie has now doubled.
“After this game, we have a 40 per cent chance to go through,” said Mancini.
“We have more chance now than before the game. We played better in the
second half and I’m confident after what I saw in the second half.
“We played with fear in the first 25 minutes and conceded a lot of space. They
wanted this, this counter-attacking, because they’re strong on that. We made
three or four mistakes, played with fear.
“When we started we had a lot of respect for Chelsea: we can’t have that
respect for the opponents, ever. We should be more aggressive, like we did
in the second half. We conceded what they wanted, on the
counter-attack. We made four incredible mistakes, and they scored.”
Mancini, though, believes that his players will ultimately have taken
considerable self-belief from how the game ended and the way in which they
dominated Chelsea during the second half.
“In London it will be a difficult game,” said Mancini. “But, after our second
half, the players probably understand we can go through.”
Mourinho appeared unimpressed by Mancini’s attempt to place precise
percentages on what might happen at Stamford Bridge, as well as his
suggestion that Galatasaray had increased their chances of progressing.
“I’m not good at maths and football is not maths,” said Mourinho. “If
football was maths, I’d coach in the third division. Because football is not
maths, I coach Chelsea.”
Mourinho did note the intimidating atmosphere of the Turk Telekom Arena. “I
just ask for 10 per cent of what this stadium gave Galatasaray when we play
in three weeks,” he said. “It’s better to be 1-1 than 0-0, this result is
better than the 0-0 we had in the first minute.”
Having dismissed Mancini’s attempt to take the credit for the Inter Milan team
which won the Champions League in 2010, Mourinho also appeared to aim a
subtle dig at the Italian over the Galatasaray team he inherited last
“They were good last year, they are good this year,” said Mourinho. “Basically
they’re a team that Fatih Terim built. Fatih did a great work and the team
is really good.”
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