Mourinho v Mancini
Roberto Mancini had suggested his team's toils in the first leg had been less about lineups and formations and were born more of mindsets, yet he had still tweaked his personnel before the interval and his system before the end. This time would apparently be different: he required a quicker, more aggressive start with the tie still effectively in the balance, and yet the same slackness crept in. The Italian chuntered away on the touchline, a picture of dissatisfaction, while his team enjoyed too much ineffective possession and very little evidence of quality at either end of the pitch.
Chelsea, in contrast, were at ease, any apprehension allayed by the early goal and the lead enjoyed at the break. José Mourinho rarely emerged from the bench with his team's dominance all too evident. There was no need to become worked up here, to ponder tactical switches or impact substitutions, and absolutely no obligation to worry about a post-match dinner reservation with his opposite number. As the sight of Mancini flinging a Biro to the floor in disgust confirmed, the date was off.
Terry v Drogba
There was a hug in the lineups before kick-off, and a promise to catch up once the tie had been decided, but the pleasantries were on hold during the contest itself. According to Didier Drogba, he and John Terry had not spoken at all on the pitch in Istanbul with that trend maintained here. Indeed, it was as if the returning hero had decided early on that targeting the home captain was not his tactic of choice. Instead, he drifted wide in a bid to unsettle César Azpilicueta or Branislav Ivanovic, occasionally exploiting the former's limitations in the air, but rarely offering his team the thrust through the centre that was required.
Terry has been imperious at times this term and this was comfortable, the centre-half going close himself with a fine volley from Frank Lampard's free-kick and delighting in his part in the hosts' second goal, scored by his centre-back partner Gary Cahill. Perhaps Drogba, who had been assigned Ivanovic at the initial leap, might have been better tracking the home centre-back. Certainly, a player who had excelled in his defensive duties from free-kicks during his eight years in London was rather wasted on the edge of the area as Chelsea plundered.
Hazard v Eboué
This was a mismatch, the other Ivorian returning to London scorched early by Eden Hazard and fragile as a defensive force throughout. Emmanuel Eboué's qualities at Arsenal were always going forward rather than snuffing out threats from the flank and, in truth, better players than him have been embarrassed by the Belgian's slippery qualities of late. Yet the right-back had no answers at all, other than to foul. The tone had been set 11 minutes in when he was turned inside the Chelsea half and resorted to a trip as his man threatened to scuttle free down the wing. Midway through the first period he could not even muster that, Hazard sprinting clear into enemy territory to the byline with Eboué gasping in his vapour trail. There was little support offered by Yekta Kurtulus or Burak Yilmaz down that flank, with the onus forever on Eboué alone to quell Chelsea's creator-in-chief. The visitors' desperation as the game progressed merely offered more invitations to charge into the space behind the full-back.
Ramires v Sneijder
The focus had all been on Drogba but, if Galatasaray were really to prosper in south-west London, they needed Wesley Sneijder to tick, too. The Dutchman had been hailed as "one of the two or three best No10s in the world, as simple as that" by Mourinho in the buildup, the Portuguese having claimed this trophy with Sneijder as his playmaker at Internazionale in 2010. Yet Ramires snapped into him as he loitered in that role on the left – the industrious Willian and excellent Ivanovic just as eager to deny him time in which to revel – and even pursued him infield as he sought out possession. This was an important occasion for Ramires, now banned for three Premier League games after his weekend sending off and one booking from a one-match suspension in Europe. Yet, having lost his mask in an early aerial challenge with Selcuk Inan, he was at his legally tigerish best. Snuffing out Sneijder was half the battle here. In that success, the Brazilian was instrumental.