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Jose Mourinho would visit 'hell' for Didier Drogba reunion

Updated: Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 14:20 | Comments

Didier Drogba and Jose Mourinho won numerous trophies together at Chelsea
Didier Drogba and Jose Mourinho won numerous trophies together at Chelsea

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Jose Mourinho would accept a trip to "hell" in order for Galatasaray's former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to feel the love of Stamford Bridge again.

Chelsea secured top spot in Group E with a 1-0 defeat of Steaua Bucharest on Wednesday, setting up a last 16 duel with one of five teams - Bayer Leverkusen, Olympiacos, Zenit St Petersburg, AC Milan or Drogba's Galatasaray - and Mourinho insisted he favoured being paired with the Turkish side in Monday's draw.

The Portuguese, whose Real Madrid side lost 3-2 in Turkey in last season's quarter-finals but progressed on aggregate, knows Galatasaray would be a daunting draw.

"It would be very difficult, especially in Galatasaray. It's hell,” he said. "I played there last season with Real.

"But I think Didier deserves to come here and to feel the passion and the respect. I would love that. Bring the king back to Stamford Bridge."

Chelsea have struggled to adequately replace Drogba, who scored 157 goals in 341 appearances and whose final act in blue was netting the decisive penalty in the 2012 European Cup final.

Demba Ba was deployed up front against Steaua and scored the winning goal but Mourinho was more concerned with the chances the Senegal striker spurned.

"Could get more," said Mourinho of Ba, who has just one Premier League goal this term and missed numerous chances against Steaua.

"He got his goal, it's a good feeling for him. He never played in the Champions League before; this is the first season he has played.

"And he has two goals in the Champions League, which is nice for him. More goals in the Champions League than in the Premier League."

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