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Galatasaray 1 Schalke 1: Match report

Galatasaray 1 Schalke 1: Drogba Euro debut ends all square after Jones levels for Germans

PUBLISHED:

21:37 GMT, 20 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:08 GMT, 20 February 2013

Jermaine Jones' strike in the last minute of the first half gave Schalke a slight advantage as they drew 1-1 at Galatasaray in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 encounter.

Jones calmly slotted home after Jefferson Farfan had squared the ball to him to give the German side a vital draw at the Turk Telekom Arena, although Schalke's goalscorer will miss the second leg after picking up a booking.

Burak Yilmaz had earlier put Gala in front with a piece of individual brilliance but they could not extend their lead in a breathtaking first-half in which both teams failed to convert several glorious opportunities.

Going ahead: Burak Yilmaz puts Galatasaray head in the first half

Going ahead: Burak Yilmaz puts Galatasaray head in the first half

Match Facts

Galatasaray: Muslera, Sarioglu (Bulut 84), Kaya, Nounkeu, Riera, Altintop (Eboue 66), Felipe Melo, Inan, Sneijder (Amrabat 46),
Burak Yilmaz, Drogba.

Subs Not Used: Iscan, Balta, Kurtulus, Colak.

Booked: Muslera, Amrabat, Nounkeu, Inan.

Goals: Burak Yilmaz 12.

Schalke 04: Hildebrand, Hoger, Howedes, Matip, Kolasinac, Draxler (Barnetta 84), Jones, Neustadter, Michel Bastos, Farfan,
Huntelaar (Pukki 75).

Subs Not Used: Fahrmann, Obasi Ogbuke, Metzelder, Fuchs, Meyer.

Booked: Jones,Kolasinac,Hoger.

Goals: Jones 45.

Att: 45,000

The second half was decidedly less open, although Yilmaz nearly gave the hosts a slender lead heading into the second leg but could only fire wide of the target.

Gala duo Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder both made their returns to the Champions League after completing recent moves from Shanghai Shenhua and Inter Milan respectively.

But it was Yilmaz who produced a moment of magic worthy of either of the pair when he broke the deadlock in sparkling fashion.

The forward collected the ball from Selcuk Inan on the edge of the area before flicking over Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes with his heel and wonderfully firing into the roof of the net in the 12th minute.

It was a sickening blow for the visitors, who had seen Gala keeper Fernando Muslera make fine saves from both Jones and Klaas Jan Huntelaar in the opening minute.

Nevertheless they nearly levelled almost immediately after Yilmaz's brilliance, but Huntelaar just failed to connect with Howedes' flick-on from Farfan's corner.

Pick that one out: Yilmaz scores past by Schalke's goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand to put Galatasaray ahead

Pick that one out: Yilmaz scores past by Schalke's goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand to put Galatasaray ahead

And in an increasingly open first half, they were nearly made to pay when Howedes fired against the bar with the goal gaping after Drogba had seen his left-footed strike fingertipped away by Schalke goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand.

It was the German side who nearly scored next though, with Semih Kaya deflecting Farfan's cutback wide of his own post, while the influential Schalke striker struck over on the turn despite being given plenty of space in the area.

Back in action: Didier Drogba returned to the Champions League with Galatasaray

Back in action: Didier Drogba returned to the Champions League with Galatasaray

Both sides seemed to view attack as the best form of defence and Drogba, who was making a nuisance of himself in Schalke's backline, played in Yilmaz but he could not lift his effort over Hildebrand.

Yet Schalke drew level on the stroke of half-time courtesy of United States international Jones, who will miss the second leg after picking up a booking for dissent.

Falling down: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar goes down under the challenge of Albert Riera

Falling down: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar goes down under the challenge of Albert Riera

Farfan burst through on goal after Gala had given the ball away in midfield and squared for the free Jones and he calmly struck past Muslera.

It was a far more subdued affair after the interval although Schalke did have a decent penalty appeal turned down when Farfan's fierce strike looked to have cannoned off Sabri Sarioglu's hands, which were raised to his chest.

Back in the game: Jermaine Jones (not pictured) scores past Fernando Muslera to make it 1-1

Back in the game: Jermaine Jones (not pictured) scores past Fernando Muslera to make it 1-1

Take that: Jones celebrates after scoring the equalizer

Take that: Jones celebrates after scoring the equalizer

It was not until late on that the game sprang back into life, with Yilmaz shooting across the face of goal from Drogba's inch-perfect flick-on while Sarioglu's half-volley from the edge of the area was tipped over by Hildebrand.

And Gala's efforts to push for a winner nearly backfired completely when, at the other end, Julian Draxler dribbled to the edge of their box unchecked before shooting inches wide of Muslera's right-hand post.

Shielding the ball: Galatasaray's Felipe Melo is challenged by Schalke's Julian Draxler

Shielding the ball: Galatasaray's Felipe Melo is challenged by Schalke's Julian Draxler

Didier Drogba to make Galatasaray home debut in front of loudest fans in world

Better bring your earplugs, Didier! Gala fans named loudest in world as Drogba prepares to make home debut against Schalke

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12:59 GMT, 18 February 2013

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UPDATED:

13:48 GMT, 18 February 2013

Didier Drogba can expect a thunderous reception when he makes his home debut for Galatasaray on Wednesday after the Turkish fans were named the loudest in the world.

Drogba, who scored five minutes into his first appearance for the club on Friday, is expected to feature in the Champions League last-16 clash against Schalke.

And the striker can expect the full backing of the home crowd at the Turk Telekon Arena who recorded a sound level of 131 decibels at a recent derby match – louder than standing 50m away from a military jet taking off.

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Main man: Didier Drogba celebrates scoring on his debut and will hope to do the same in front of his home fans

Main man: Didier Drogba celebrates scoring on his debut and will hope to do the same in front of his home fans

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Meanwhile, Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua will take their battle against Drogba's move to Galatasaray to football's governing body FIFA this week.

The Ivory Coast striker left the club in acrimonious circumstances last month, with Shanghai saying he had breached his contract.

'We now have evidence which we believe will give Shenhua a 99 per cent chance of winning a lawsuit at FIFA,' a lawyer acting for the club told the Sina web portal.

The anonymous source from 'Shenhua's legal team' said papers would be submitted to the sport's governing body on Wednesday.

The report said Shenhua will provide evidence that Drogba breached his contract and that Galatasaray had violated FIFA rules by luring a player away from his current club.

Star man: Drogba left Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua to join Galatasaray

Star man: Drogba left Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua to join Galatasaray

Chinese media previously reported Drogba had asked FIFA to nullify his contract after the club defaulted on payments following a shareholder dispute dating back to September. The striker signed an 18-month, 9million deal with the Istanbul side.

Drogba — a Champions League winner with Chelsea last season — had signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Shanghai in June last year on a reported salary of $200,000-a-week.

Drogba's exit from Shanghai followed that of former Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka, who joined Italian giants Juventus on loan.

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Didier Drogba arrives in Turkey with Galatasaray

Drogba arrives in Turkey to party atmosphere as ex-Chelsea hitman begins latest chapter with Galatasaray

PUBLISHED:

17:59 GMT, 8 February 2013

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UPDATED:

18:09 GMT, 8 February 2013

Didier Drogba received a warm welcome as he arrived in Istanbul having agreed to join Turkish club Galatasaray in the January transfer window.

Former Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder received a similarly rapturous welcome when he arrived in the Turkey last month, and Drogba expressed his delight at joining the Dutchman having left Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua.

The Ivory Coast captain's arrival was delayed by his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.

New chapter: Didier Drogba held up a Galatasaray flag after arriving in Istanbul this afternoon

New chapter: Didier Drogba held up a Galatasaray flag after arriving in Istanbul this afternoon

But the former Chelsea striker's hopes of winning the tournament for the first time were scuppered when Nigeria put the Ivorians out.

Drogba stepped off the plane this afternoon and held up a flag with the club colours and crest printed on it before meeting up with head coach Fatih Terim.

When the 34-year-old arrived at Galatasaray's training base, he told Galatasaray TV: 'I've met with the coach, but it’s not the first time we’ve met. He just remembered me from when Cote d’Ivoire national team played against Turkey.

Warm welcome: Drogba received a similar reception to Wesley Sneijder after he arrived in Turkey last month

Warm welcome: Drogba received a similar reception to Wesley Sneijder after he arrived in Turkey last month

'I’m really happy to be here for me as it’s a new challenge, a new part of my life. I will do my best to be successful for the club.'

Drogba will link up with compatriot Emmanuel Eboue, who joined the Turkish champions from Arsenal in the summer of 2011.

Another former Chelsea striker who took the same path from Stamford Bridge to China has also returned to Europe.

Nicolas Anelka joined Shenhua in January last year, but decided to transfer to Italian giants Juventus, making his move to the Serie A champions last month.

In the mix: Wesley Sneijder has already made the switch from Inter Milan to Galatasaray

In the mix: Wesley Sneijder has already made the switch from Inter Milan to Galatasaray

Didier Drogba signs for Galatasaray after snubbing Chelsea

Chelsea blow as Drogba signs 18-month deal at Turkish giants Galatasaray despite approach from his former club

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

18:22 GMT, 28 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:40 GMT, 28 January 2013

Didier Drogba has signed an 18-month deal with Galatasaray after turning down the chance of a sensational return to Chelsea.

The Ivorian has joined the Turkish outfit on loan from his Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

Roman Abramovich gave the go-ahead last week to offer Drogba a deal until the end of the season, with an option for a further year.

Done deal: Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who is with Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations, has completed a loan move to Turkish club Galatasaray from Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua

Done deal: Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who is with Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations, has completed a loan move to Turkish club Galatasaray from Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua

Turkish delight: Didier Drogba is set to join Galatasaray on an 18-month contract

Incredibly the talks were so far
advanced that Chelsea were convinced that the man who delivered the
European Cup last season was on the brink of signing before Thursday’s
transfer deadline.

He won three Premier League titles,
four FA Cups and his Chelsea career ended with that glorious finale
against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena in May last year.

Chelsea
offered him a year’s extension on reduced terms at the time, but
Drogba, 34, decided to quit after lifting the Champions League.

The Blues have been struggling without him this season and Fernando Torres, who scored yesterday, is still struggling for form.

Struggles: Drogba failed to settle in China with Shanghai Shenhua

Struggles: Drogba failed to settle in China with Shanghai Shenhua

Champion: Didier Drogba sits on the pitch with the European Cup

Champion: Didier Drogba sits on the pitch with the European Cup

Drogba, whose family still live in
Surrey and whose children attend Chelsea’s academy, has been training
with his old team-mates ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations and they
initially began teasing him that he wanted to return.

Despite the temptation to relive the
glory years with his former team-mates, he will guarantee Champions
League football by signing for Galatasaray.

The
big-spending Turkish side, who recruited former Champions League winner
Wesley Sneijder last week, expect to announce the deal for Drogba this
week.

Galatasary face
Schalke in the European Cup next month and the lure of playing in the
competition he won last season proved too much.

More to follow….

Big spenders: Galatasaray also snapped up Dutchman Wesley Sneijder (right)

Big spenders: Galatasaray also snapped up Dutchman Wesley Sneijder (right)

Didier Drogba set to sign for Galatasaray on 18 month contract

Turkish delight for Drogba with former Chelsea striker set to sign for Galatasaray

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

16:44 GMT, 27 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:31 GMT, 27 January 2013

Didier Drogba has signed an 18-month contract at Galatasaray, according to reports in Turkey.

The former Chelsea striker is currently on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Ivory Coast but Eurosport and official Turkish League broadcaster LigTV are reporting that Drogba has found the time to agree a move to Turkey from Shanghai Shenhua.

He is expected to complete a 5million move to the Turkish side and will receive a signing on bonus of 3m.

Turkish delight: Didier Drogba is set to join Galatasaray on an 18-month contract

Turkish delight: Didier Drogba is set to join Galatasaray on an 18-month contract

Turkish delight: Didier Drogba is set to join Galatasaray on an 18-month contract

Drogba will also reportedly receive a bonus of 21,000 for each game he plays, up to a maximum of 425,000 a year, meaning he could earn 9.6m over the 18 months.

Eurosport Turkey reports that the 'agreement is not official yet but sources say it will be done in the next week.'

A spokesperson for the Sports PR Company said: 'They have made a formal bid for him.'

The 34-year-old has found it hard to
settle in China and with Shenhua's financial problems worsening they
have already offloaded Drogba's former Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka
to Juventus this week.

Struggles: Drogba failed to settle in China with Shanghai Shenhua

Struggles: Drogba failed to settle in China with Shanghai Shenhua

Didier Drogba sits on the pitch with the trophy

AC Milan had been linked with a move
for Drogba but it appears he will be heading to Galatasaray to join
their recent 8.6million signing Wesley Sneijder.

Last month Drogba returned to train with his old club during the Chinese off-season in preparation for the African Nations Cup, in which he is currently competing in South Africa.

FIFA rejected a special request from the striker for him to join a club on loan outside the transfer window, amid speculation linking him with Juventus, AC Milan and Liverpool, among others.

Nicolas Anelka training with PSG

Anelka training with former club PSG as he seeks China escape

By
Simon Jones

PUBLISHED:

22:11 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:15 GMT, 10 January 2013

Nicolas Anelka is training with Paris Saint-Germain as he tries to negotiate the end of his contract with Shanghai Shenhua.

Anelka wants to terminate his
contract with after he scored just three goals in 22
matches and was replaced as player-coach of the Chinese side.

The former Chelsea and France striker also been linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League with QPR and West Ham.

Running man: Nicolas Anelka jogs during a training session at PSG

Running man: Nicolas Anelka jogs during a training session at PSG

Anelka's wage demands could prove a stumbling block for the English clubs given his 250,000-a-week salary in China.

Money would not be an issue for mega-rich PSG however and the forward could join the French league leaders for the third time.

Anelka played was at the club as a teenager in
1996 before rejoining them in 2000. He has also had spells with
Liverpool, Bolton, Fenerbahce and Manchester City.

Back again Anelka has enjoyed two previous spells with the French club

Back again Anelka has enjoyed two previous spells with the French club

Juventus hope to sign Didier Drogba from Shanghai Shenhua

Drogba to Juventus Club director reveals plans to beat AC Milan to striker's signature

By
Press Association Reporter

PUBLISHED:

18:32 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:39 GMT, 7 January 2013

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has confirmed the Serie A club have enquired about the availability of Shanghai Shenhua striker Didier Drogba.

The Bianconeri have already made an approach to sign Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente on a Bosman free transfer in the summer, but with Arsenal loanee Nicklas Bendtner sidelined through injury, the Italian champions are eager to bolster their immediate options.

Quoted on calciomercato.com, Marotta told television programme Domenica Sportiva: 'Drogba We are always making enquiries and we have made one for him.

In demand: Juventus hope to recruit Drogba this month

In demand: Juventus hope to recruit Drogba this month

'We have asked about his availability and after that we will look at the financial aspects and talk to the coach.'

Juve boss Conte had previously ruled out any approach for the former Chelsea striker, but player recruitment is overseen by Marotta.

A person claiming to be Drogba's agent, Carlos Arino Bajo, had claimed Drogba had an option to end his two-and-a-half year contract in China, a claim later rejected by the London-based Sports PR Company.

Bajo had told tuttomercato.com: 'Didier
has a termination agreement with the Chinese club and I think he has a
lot of possibilities to move to Italy in January.

Instrumental: Drogba was the key player in Chelsea's Champions League triumph

Instrumental: Drogba was the key player in Chelsea's Champions League triumph

'There is real interest from Juventus and AC Milan, and it is the same from Didier regarding the transfer.

'There have been contacts with both clubs and next week we will hear
from them again. He would love to compete in one of the world's best
leagues, such as the Italian Serie A.'

But the Sports PR Company, who count Drogba and several of his former
Chelsea team-mates among their clients, responded through their official
Twitter account.

On his way: Llorente could also join Juve

On his way: Llorente could also join Juve

The company tweeted: 'Please note, these quotes are not correct. This
guy is not Didier's agent, his sole agent is Thierno Seydi (a
FIFA-registered agent based in Senegal).'

Drogba has been training with Chelsea, with whom he won the Champions
League in May, in the lead-up to the African Nations Cup which begins in
South Africa on January 19.

West Ham and QPR lead chase as Anelka begins talks to cancel Shanghai Shenhua contract

West Ham and QPR lead chase as Anelka begins talks to cancel Shanghai Shenhua contract

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UPDATED:

11:44 GMT, 17 December 2012

Queens Park Rangers and West Ham are waiting to speak to Nicola Anelka as he seeks to cancel his contract with Shanghai Shenhua.

The Chinese club confirmed today that negotiations are underway with the Frenchman keen to return to England.

Anelka, 33, joined Shanghai from Chelsea
in the last January transfer window but has struggled to settle despite
even enduring a spell as caretaker coach.

On the move Anelka's spell in China looks to be coming to a premature end

On the move Anelka's spell in China looks to be coming to a premature end

On the move Anelka's spell in China looks to be coming to a premature end

The talks to cancel his contract have encouraged QPR and West Ham but have also alerted other Premier League suitors who were initially wary that Shanghai would demand a fee for Anelka in January.

Reports are suggesting he is willing to give up the final year of his contract, reputedly worth around 7million, on the proviso that Shanghai grant him a free transfer.

Hammer time: West Ham and QPR are waiting tot speak to Anelka - who joined Shenhua in January, six months before Didier Drogba

Hammer time: West Ham and QPR are waiting tot speak to Anelka – who joined Shenhua in January, six months before Didier Drogba

Hammer time: West Ham and QPR are waiting tot speak to Anelka - who joined Shenhua in January, six months before Didier Drogba

Anelka was joined in the Far East by former team-mate Didier Drogba after the Ivorian decided to leave Stamford Bridge, however Shanghai could only finish ninth in the league.

Shanghai spokesman Ma Yue said: 'The discussion is between the club and himself, I don't know about the specific details. But so far we haven't got the final result.'

Cut your losses: Reports suggest Anelka is willing to forfeit the last year of his contract

Cut your losses: Reports suggest Anelka is willing to forfeit the last year of his contract

Didier Drogba will not be going to Juventus, according to their manager Antonio Conte

Drogba not going to Juve: Conte rejects a move for the Ivorian

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UPDATED:

00:11 GMT, 17 December 2012

Juventus coach Antonio Conte has ruled out making an approach for former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba in the transfer window.

A report in the Gazzetta dello Sport today suggested Juve had made 'significant progress' with an approach for the Shanghai Shenhua forward, who made an appearance at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards, who could be tempted back to Europe after failing to settle in China.

Untrue: Juventus manager Antonio Conte (right) has rejected claims that he is lining up a bid for Didier Drogba in January

Untrue: Juventus manager Antonio Conte (right) has rejected claims that he is lining up a bid for Didier Drogba in January

Juventus' coach Antonio Conte blows a kiss to the crowd

The Serie A champions have also been linked with Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente, but Conte insists Juventus are in no financial position to sign 'top players'.

Following today's 3-0 victory over Atalanta, he told the Corriere dello Sport: 'Speaking about the transfer market seems a bit disrespectful to my current players, who have showed great desire and dedication to my ideas over the last year.

'We are just fine keeping our feet on the ground. This is a difficult time given the current economic climate, not just for Juve but for all the other clubs.

Unsettled: Drogba (pictured) has failed to adjust to life in China and is seeking a move back to Europe. His appeal to FIFA for an emergency loan move back to Chelsea was rejected last month

Unsettled: Drogba (pictured) has failed to adjust to life in China and is seeking a move back to Europe. His appeal to FIFA for an emergency loan move back to Chelsea was rejected last month

Suited and booted: Didier Drogba made an appearance at the SPOTY awards

Suited and booted: Didier Drogba made an appearance at the SPOTY awards

'I won't be bringing in any top players because we don't have the means to support them.

'We have to make the most of what we have, we have to work hard and try to improve our current players into top players.

'Some have already got there and some will become great.'

Juventus will lead the Serie A table going into the new year as Conte looks to win a second Scudetto in just two years of stewardship in Turin, with the Bianconeri also through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Top: Juventus will be top of Serie A at Christmas, seven points clear of Inter Milan

Top: Juventus will be top of Serie A at Christmas, seven points clear of Inter Milan

John Terry pictured in his pants watching Chelsea on TV v Monterrey

Meanwhile… in Cobham: The stadium might be half empty but Terry's watching his team-mates on TV

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UPDATED:

14:00 GMT, 13 December 2012

Even though there were only 36,648 fans in the 72,327 capacity Nissan Stadium in Yokohama to watch Chelsea's 3-1 Club World Cup semi-final triumph over Monterrey, skipper John Terry was watching on television.

As most of the Blues' players explored the delights of Japan in the past few days, life has been continuing as normal for two familiar faces.

Back at the club's training ground in Cobham, Terry continued his recuperation from a knee ligament injury and posted a picture of himself watching the game.

Support: John Terry backed his team-mates to beat Monterrey in the Club World Cup

Support: John Terry backed his team-mates to beat Monterrey in the Club World Cup

He has remained in the UK, alongside former club favourite Didier Drogba, who is back training with the club.

Terry had also posted an Instagram picture of
himself on an exercise bike in a deserted gym as he tries to get back to
full fitness to help with Chelsea's hectic schedule.

Lonely: John Terry posted this picture of himself in the gym at Chelsea's Cobham training ground as he continues he rehabilitation from injury while his teammates play in Japan

Lonely: John Terry posted this picture of himself in the gym at Chelsea's Cobham training ground as he continues he rehabilitation from injury while his teammates play in Japan

Old pals: Didier Drogba is also back in training with Terry and Chelsea as he prepares for the African Cup of Nations

Old pals: Didier Drogba is also back in training with Terry and Chelsea as he prepares for the African Cup of Nations

He also took a cosy snap of himself with Drogba, who left for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in the summer and who is back keeping his fitness levels up before representing Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations.

Terry is 6,000 miles away from the rest of his teammates, who are in Japan trying to cap their European Cup-winning year with more silverware.

Back in town: The Ivorian left Chelsea for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in the summer

Back in town: The Ivorian left Chelsea for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in the summer

The 31-year-old defender damaged knee ligaments in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool in November and is expected to be out for over a month.

In order to combat jetlag, manager Rafa Benitez took his players to a Yokohama bowling alley but admitted they were struggling to adapt their sleep patterns to the time difference.

They beat the Mexican side to advance to a final with Brazilian team Corinthians this Sunday.

Meanwhile... In Japan: Chelsea's squad on a walkabout in Yokohama before their Club World Cup semi-final with Monterrey

Meanwhile… In Japan: Chelsea's squad on a walkabout in Yokohama before their Club World Cup semi-final with Monterrey

Big in Japan: Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez meets fans as the team walk around Yokohama before the game

Big in Japan: Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez meets fans as the team walk around Yokohama before the game

Ready for the game: These two Chelsea fans were fully kitted out

Ready for the game: These two Chelsea fans were fully kitted out