Featured Matches
Previous
Internazionale
Manchester United
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Real Madrid
AS Roma
1:15 AM GMT
Game Details
Recreativo Huelva
Sunderland
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Sparta Prague
Malmo FF
5:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Sparta Prague
Malmo FF
5:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Slovan Bratislava
Sheriff Tiraspol
6:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Debrecen
BATE Borisov
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Wealdstone
Wycombe Wanderers
2:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Frickley Athletic
Scunthorpe XI
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Exeter City
Swansea City
6:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Alfreton Town
Rotherham United
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Burton Albion
Derby County
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Lincoln City
Mansfield Town
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Newport County
Coventry City
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Notts County
Birmingham City
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Portsmouth
AFC Bournemouth
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Stevenage
Reading
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Altrincham
Accrington Stanley
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Cambridge United
Milton Keynes Dons
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Cheltenham Town
Bristol City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Concord Rangers
Dagenham & Redbridge
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Dumbarton
Carlisle United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Hyde
Burnley XI
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Kidderminster Harriers
Shrewsbury Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Leyton Orient
Queens Park Rangers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Luton Town
Colchester United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Margate
Barnet
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Oxford United
Wolverhampton Wanderers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Preston North End
Burnley
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Sheffield United
Huddersfield Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Southend United
Ipswich Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Recreativo Huelva
Sunderland
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Valerenga
Stabaek
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Defensor Sporting
Nacional
12:15 AM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 2
Game Details
Náutico
Icasa
10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Portuguesa de Desportos
Oeste
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Internazionale
Manchester United
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Real Madrid
AS Roma
1:15 AM GMT
Game Details
Cienciano del Cusco
Alianza Lima
8:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
St PatricksSt Patricks
Legia WarsawLegia Warsaw
0
5
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 6
Game Details
DebrecenDebrecen
CliftonvilleCliftonville
2
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 2 - 0
Game Details
T.N.S.T.N.S.
Slovan BratislavaSlovan Bratislava
0
2
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 3
Game Details
CelticCeltic
KR ReykjavikKR Reykjavik
4
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 5 - 0
Game Details
Mar 17, 2014

Mourinho: Drogba one of the greatest

LONDON -- Jose Mourinho has described Didier Drogba as “one of the most important players in the history” of Chelsea and tipped the striker to return to the club “one day.”

• Worrall: Eyes on which prize?
• Schuerrle at home with Chelsea
• Mourinho questions referee Foy

Drogba will take to the Stamford Bridge pitch for the first time since leaving the club in 2012 when Galatasaray take on Chelsea in their Champions League last-16 second leg on Tuesday.

The Ivory Coast striker won 10 major trophies in eight years with the Blues -- including scoring the winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final with his last kick of a ball for the club.

When specifically asked about the player’s future, Mourinho initially said it wasn’t the right time to talk about it but did float the prospect of a return.

Jose Mourinho and Didier Drogba: A special relationship
Jose Mourinho brought Didier Drogba to Chelsea in 2004.

“I don't think it's a moment to answer that,” Mourinho told reporters at his prematch news conference.  “Tomorrow is a big game. I don't think it's the right moment to think about it. He's a Galatasaray player. We know he's a free agent and finishes his contract at the end of the season, but I don't think it's the right moment to think about it.

“I think it has to happen one day. When, I don't know. As a player, as a coach, as an ambassador, next year, in four or five years, or 10 years, I don't know. But when a person represents so much to a club and the club represents so much to a person, as is the case, I think he has to be welcomed back.

“Undoubtedly, he's one of the most important players in the history of this club. That's not a doubt. We all, Chelsea supporters, agree with that. We don't say the most important one because it's not fair for other people who were in the same level or in the same generation.

“But, for sure, he was one of the most important players in the history of our club. Is he the same player at 36 that he was at 26? I think nobody is. But he's one of the best strikers in the world. That's for sure.”

Drogba said he is relishing the prospect of returning to Stamford Bridge, admitting it would be an "emotional" night for him personally.

“I’m really happy to come back and see familiar faces and it’s good," Drogba said. “It won’t be difficult to play. It’s a big game, a big competition and it means a lot to my team, so I will find a way to play it.

“It’s very difficult to play against Chelsea but it will not be difficult for me to put myself into the competition. I belong to Galatasaray and I need to be professional.

“Of course there will be emotions, like the first leg, when I saw my ex-teammates and the Chelsea fans in the stadium. It was special but then there was the game and it was tough, high intensity and it think it will be the same tomorrow.”

Asked whether he would celebrate should he score against his former club, Drogba said: “With all the respect I have for this club, for the fans and the players, I might not celebrate but if we win I will be happy.”

Gary Cahill, meanwhile, said he would not be offended if Drogba celebrated, saying: “I'm sure he is in two minds, probably with the feeling he has for the club. If he celebrated a goal, it wouldn't offend me personally.

“To score a goal in a Champions League game is a great thing. Hopefully he doesn't. But he has the fans and the club to think about. Knowing Didier, he'd maybe not do that if he did score. Hopefully he won't score.”

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.