Chelsea midfielder Willian and Galatasaray goalkeeping coach Taffarel share their thoughts on Wednesday’s encounter
The Chelsea midfielder has praised the oppositions' fans whilst the former goalkeeper of the Seleção praised the fighting spirit of the Turkish side in the Champions League clash.
Willian was keen to explain that Chelsea’s defensive tactics formed a natural part of playing away from home in such a big time.
“Galtasaray are a great team with great players. Our team had to be disciplined and mark well. It’s normal. Playing away from home, our aim is to defend and make the most of our counter-attacks. In the return-leg we’ll impose ourselves and try and get on top of them.”
“It’s difficult to play here with the atmosphere created by their fans. They create a lot of pressure but don’t stop you from playing. Our team knows how to move the ball about. We can handle this pressure,” said the 25-year-old.
For Taffarel, the Turkish improved significantly in the second half.
“In the first half we weren’t playing in the right way. We made mistakes and allowed Chelsea too much space on the counter-attack. They made the most of this. In the second half we approached things differently. We made less mistakes, moved the ball around better, believed in ourselves more and played with a different character,” said the 1994 World Cup winner.