I must control emotions on Stamford Bridge return: Drogba

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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Didier Drogba will have to fight hard to control his emotions when he returns to Stamford Bridge for Galatasaray's Champions League last-16 second leg against Chelsea, the Ivorian said on the eve of Tuesday's match.

The 36-year-old striker ended a glittering eight-year career with the London club by scoring the winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League shootout victory over Bayern Munich in the final at the Allianz Arena.

After a hesitant start to Galatasaray's pre-match news conference, Drogba had the reporters in stitches.

"I'll ask myself the first question," he said. 'Didier, how do you feel about returning to Stamford Bridge?.

"Well, I'm really happy to come back and to see some familiar faces for a big game in a big competition.

"It's very difficult to play against Chelsea but it's not going to be difficult for me to put myself in competition with them because now I belong to Galatasaray and I need to be professional," said Drogba.

"Of course there will be emotion playing against my ex-team mates, like there was in the first leg," he added in reference to the opening match in Istanbul that ended in a 1-1 draw.

The big, powerful center forward was once voted the best player in Chelsea's history and he said he did not know how he would react if he scored a goal on Tuesday.   Continued...

 
Photographers take pictures of Chelsea's Didier Drogba after their Champions League final soccer match against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Munich May 19, 2012. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach