Champion of Europe Didier Drogba / Barcelona Heroics / Champions League Open Thread

Mitchell Gunn-US PRESSWIRE

Tra-la-la-la-la...

The glamour tie on this, the final day of the first leg matchups in the Round of 16 of the Champions League, may be AC Milan vs. Barcelona, but I'd think most of us will be watching Galatasaray vs. Schalke 04 on account of a certain Didier Drogba. Assuming that Drogba plays, that is.

Of course, the last time Didier kicked a ball in European competition, he won the Champions League for Chelsea. Many of us assumed that would be his last such kick ever, but he's back from his sojourn to China for more heroics. His new teammates, especially transfer coup extraordinaire Wesley Sneijder, will surely appreciate him as much as we used to. Welcome back to the limelight, Didier!

Speaking of heroics, the Chelsea U19 team just mirrored the efforts of the Chelsea seniors of last season, pulling off a rather fantastic victory away to Barcelona U19 in the NextGen series. Chelsea took the lead in the first half - unsurprisingly with a goal by once and future goal-machine Islam Feruz - then had a man sent off early in the second. They defended like the heroes of the Nou Camp, scored a 90th minute second goal (Jeremie Boga is something else!) and won their passage to the quarterfinals where they'll face either Internazionale U19 (defending champions) or Arsenal U19. Congrats to the Baby Blues!

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