Drogba: First-leg loss was fatal for Galatasaray

The veteran attacker believes the Turkish champions should have done better at the Santiago Bernabeu and saw no reason to be happy with his goal

Didier Drogba has voiced his disappointment with Galatasaray’s Champions League elimination at the hands of Real Madrid as he feels the Istanbul giants could have made it to the semi-finals had their first-leg performance been more like their display in Tuesday’s return.

Galatasaray’s 3-2 victory at the Turk Telekom Arena proved to be insufficient after the 3-0 loss at the Santiago Bernabeu last week and Drogba once more rued Cimbom‘s first-leg performance.

“It was a really good game but it would have been even better if we’d managed to qualify. If we’d played like that in the first leg the score might have been different,” Drogba was quoted as saying on the official Uefa website.

“We saw again tonight that the fans here are extraordinary. It’s a shame but I think Madrid deserved it. Them scoring so early set us back but in the second half we showed after scoring that we believed in ourselves.”

The Cote d’Ivoire attacker netted once on Tuesday but he stressed that he would have preferred to progress to the next round rather than score.

“[My goal] is not so important because we are out. I don’t like to score and be out – for me it doesn’t mean anything.”

Galatasaray resume domestic action against Kardemir Karabuk at the weekend.

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