Mourinho urges home fans to back Chelsea against Galatasaray in second leg
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes the club’s fans can play a big role in helping the Blues enter the quarterfinal stage of the Champions League. After a 1-1 stalemate in the first leg of the last-16 Champions League tie against Galatasaray, Mourinho believes the home fans will make a difference at Stamford Bridge.
The Stamford Bridge boss believes his side can easily overcome their Turkish adversaries at home if his team performs well and take benefit of the home advantage. Mourinho’s men put up an impressive show in the first half of the game at Turkey, but in the second half they were overshadowed by Roberto Mancini’s men.
Mourinho believes his team will need the support and power of the fans in the second leg to defeat Galatasaray. In his post-match interview to Sky Sports, Mourinho asked his fans to rally up for the second leg against Galatasaray.
“This result is not amazing and the situation in the second leg will be difficult,” Mourinho said. “If Stamford Bridge can give us 10 percent of what this [Turkish] public game them in this game, it will be fantastic for us. I just ask [Chelsea fans] for 10 percent of what this stadium gave Galatasaray and then we will go through.
“This is Turkey, this is Istanbul, this is Turkish football, very emotional. We were playing against a big club with big players and it was not easy. In the first half it was our game and we had chances to kill it.”
Mourinho refused to criticize his strikers for not putting in a second goal. The Portuguese tactician believes his strikers got few chances of scoring and that his side lacked the “last pass”. Mourinho believes had his side scored a second goal, Chelsea’s task at home would have been much easier.
The former Real Madrid manager also admitted that Galatasaray put on a lot of pressure on his side in the second half of the game. Mourinho praised their “powerful striker”, which included his former star Didier Drogba, and said that the Turkish opposition did well in the attack.
Talking about the performance of his team, Mourinho said that he was generally satisfied from the performance of his men and in fact, hoped they would record even better form at home. Mourinho confessed his midfield wasn’t up to mark at times, but he was going to work on it before the second leg.