Mikel Looking Forward To Drogba Reunion

Source: thewillnigeria.com
Super Eagles midfielder, John Obi Mikel, has been speaking about the draw of the last 16 of the Uefa Champions League which paired Chelsea and Galatasaray in two potentially explosive games. Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba, now on the books of Galatasaray returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time since leading the Blues to success in the same competition in 2012. Mikel acknowledges that the return of Drogba will be a memorable occasion but has warned his teammates against getting carried away by the imminent return of Stamford Bridge's favourite son. 'I'm sure he (Drogba) will text very soon, he's probably having a drink after seeing the draw, but it will be great to have him back,' Mikel told the club's official website, chelseafc.com. Mikel added that his friendship with Ivorian marksman will be put to one side as he aims to progress to the last eight of the competition with Chelsea. 'We shouldn't get carried away about him coming back; he is a player that was here for eight years, he won major trophies, he's a big player with a big personality. 'Obviously he had to move on but Chelsea continue, we have to win games, he's coming here with his new club, Galatasaray, who we want to beat, so we shouldn't get carried away about him coming back, we want to win the game,' he said. The game will be the first clash between the two sides since they met in the group stages of the 1999/2000 tournament. The Blues won 1-0 at home and recorded their biggest Champions League away win over in Turkey with a 5-0 victory. Galatasaray secured their place in the knockout stage courtesy of a narrow 1-0 win over Juventus in their final group game, with Wesley Sneijder scoring the crucial goal, and the Dutchman, as Mikel explained, is just one more player we will need to keep tabs on. 'They are a great team. Didier, Wesley, they have a good team and obviously they have Roberto Mancini who is trying to implement his philosophy and change the way they play. 'It will be tough but it's a game we're looking forward to. It will be good to meet old rivals, who you have played against in the past, as well as old teammates. 'We know what to expect from the (Galatasaray) fans. They will be on top of their team and support them but it's up to us not listen to them and make sure we go out there and play our game,' he said. SUPERSPORT