It's no secret, Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, had openly favoured to draw Galatasaray and ‘king Drogba’. Now Chelsea and the Turkish side will meet each other in the last-16 of the Champions League.
After the draw today, the former Chelsea forward has immediately responded: “What a draw… I’m the luckiest man in this competition,” Drogba said on his Instagram account.
“In both games I’ll be playing home! See you in a few months.”
Chelsea have struggled to adequately replace Drogba, who scored 157 goals in 341 appearances for The Blues. His final act before leaving Stamford Bridge was equalising against Bayern Munich and netting the decisive penalty in the 2012 Champions League final at Munich’s own doorstep.
Bayern Munich won the title one year later at Wembley and only lost one knockout match along the way. It was in last year's last-16 and the opponent was Arsenal. It’s the irony of football that the two sides will meet each other in this year’s last-16 again.
The reaction from Munich was not the happiest. “They are the leaders in the Premier League and so we have been warned,” said Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
“A few months ago we lost to them in Munich. They are a very tough team.”
Manchester City’s director of football, Txiki Begiristain, who joined the club from Barca, admitted the draw “could be maybe better” for his club.
It’s City’s first knockout stage in their history and they are drawn against last year’s semi-finalist FC Barcelona .
"For the people it's a great, great match. Two big teams, one with a lot of history, the other a new one also trying to win the trophy and be there in Europe,” Bergiristain told SkySports.
"And the game in Munich, winning against the champions, will give us a lot of confidence going away to Barcelona.
"The way that we are playing, we're showing we can score in all matches. This is the most important thing in the Champions League."
Galatasaray or Chelsea, Bayern or Arsenal, City or Barca, who will make it to the next round? Have your say in the comment section below.