Once again Chelsea are threatening to be the last English club standing in Europe. Arsenal and Manchester City have already gone, Manchester United are teetering perilously on the brink and Spurs are in dire straits in the Europa League, but there is something remarkably durable about the team from Stamford Bridge. They bend for no one and, though they might not have the same panache of some of the Champions League quarter-finalists, every other club in Friday's draw will regard them as formidable opponents.
They won here with something to spare, inflicting the damage with first-half goals from Samuel Eto'o and Gary Cahill, and they were barely threatened after the interval. Galatasaray may have some of the more boisterous supporters in the competition but it is clear why Roberto Mancini apparently wants to leave Istanbul to return to English football. Didier Drogba was given a rapturous homecoming but his presence in the Galatasaray team, at the age of 36, summed up their limitations on a night when Mancini's body language told its own story.
The former Manchester City manager spent much of the first half prowling his technical area, remonstrating with his players in a series of exasperated hand signals and furiously outlining his grievances to his assistant, the silver-haired Tugay. For the last half an hour Mancini sat back, with his feet propped up, simmering with discontent. He knew then that his team did not have the firepower or will to trouble a side José Mourinho credited with being "very solid, very compact, and no fears".
Chelsea had not looked back from the moment Eto'o gave them the early breakthrough and could probably have added more goals if they had not detailed the second half to playing with restraint. They control winning positions pretty well under Mourinho and it did not matter a great deal that they stopped troubling their opponents with such regularity. The onus was on Galatasaray but the Turkish champions could barely offer a flicker of self-belief. "We did nothing," Mancini said. "We didn't deserve anything." Their supporters were vibrant and relentless; the same could not be said of Mancini's team.
As for Drogba, the returning hero was showered with love and returned the compliment by doing absolutely nothing to trouble his old friends. At one point César Azpilicueta could be seen outmuscling him by the touchline.
Drogba's first chance came from a free-kick and he blazed it so high over the crossbar it connected with the "Drogba Legend" banner that hangs from the middle tier of the Matthew Harding stand. From Drogba, there was a wry smile, when once there would have been a look of self-revulsion, and Mourinho was surely just being kind when he blamed Drogba's team-mates for leaving him "a lonely man". It was quickly apparent Drogba is not the player Chelsea's crowd remember and, between them, Cahill and John Terry handled him fairly comfortably.
Wesley Sneijder was also on the edges, doing little to live up to Mourinho's billing as one of the three most accomplished No10s in the business, but Galatasaray's problems were mostly in defence. Frank Lampard's set-piece deliveries frequently created problems and Roy Hodgson will have been encouraged by Fernando Muslera's goalkeeping in the first half. Muslera plays for Uruguay and Hodgson was in the stands, in part to see one of England's opponents in the World Cup.
The problem for Galatasaray was the speed and movement of the home team's attacking quartet. Oscar, whose recent form has been a concern, looked more like his old self. Eden Hazard was a menace and Eto'o's goal was a reminder of the days when he regularly tormented defences at this level.
Galatasaray were in trouble as soon as Hazard had controlled a throw-in on his chest, then turned and started running at their defence. Oscar was on the right and Eto'o's old instincts kicked in, running beyond the back four, latching on to the Brazilian's pass, then firing in a shot with the power to expose Muslera.
Mancini, with his undistinguished Champions League record, will not have to be reminded that a side at this level cannot expect to get away with defending so generously. It was the same again when Terry flashed a volley just over the crossbar later in the half, and the marking was almost non-existent when the second goal arrived two minutes before the interval.
Terry was the player who attacked Lampard's corner with the most intent, with no one following his run. Muslera kept out the header but could only parry the ball into the six-yard area and Cahill followed in to volley high into the net.
After that it was just a question of Chelsea protecting their lead but they still had the better opportunities, Muslera keeping out second-half efforts from Willian, Lampard and Hazard.
Drogba was booked, a decision the crowd booed, and for the last half an hour both sides looked as if they had settled for the result.
It resulted in a meandering and slightly unsatisfactory finale but the home crowd could still look on contentedly, serenading Drogba and wondering whether Mourinho, who has never lost a Champions League quarter-final, could yet become the first manager to win this competition with three different clubs.