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Mancini: Gala Can Make UCL Quarterfinals
Reuters, February 27th, 2014 2:03PM

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Roberto Mancini thinks Galatasaray has a 40 percent chance of progressing to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals after seeing his team draw the first game of its two-game round of 16 series with Chelsea 1-1 in Istanbul on Wednesday. Mancini admitted that Chelsea started the game stronger but he noted that Gala’s second-half performance showed the players that they have a real chance of qualifying for the final eight.

"We should have started more aggressively,” the former Inter Milan and Manchester City coach said. “During the first 20 minutes we had too much respect for Chelsea and we made four or five mistakes, one of which resulted in the goal, but apart from that we played well.”

He added: "Seeing the second half, I think my players saw what we are capable of and we now know we can actually go through. It will be very difficult but we can go through. I think we have a 40 per cent chance." Prior to Wednesday’s game, Mancini had said he thought Chelsea had an 80 percent chance of progressing to the next phase. The second game of the series will be played at Stamford Bridge on March 18. Read the original story...


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