Jose Mourinho knows Chelsea need to be more clinical if they are to end his first season back in charge with silverware.
The Blues sit atop of the Barclays Premier League with just 11 matches remaining and have a decent chance of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals following Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Galatasaray.
The west Londoners did not wilt in the face of the intimidating wall of noise at the Turk Telekom Arena, but, not for the first time this season, Mourinho saw his side fail to strike the killer blow.
Having gone ahead through Fernando Torres early in a first half they dominated, missed opportunities allowed Aurelien Chedjou to ensure the hosts would head into last-16 second-leg level.
“That’s our team,” Mourinho said. “Some other teams have three chances and score three goals. We have five and score one.
“This is not a criticism of the strikers, like sometimes people think. It’s just in this moment the profile of the team we have.
“We create but we arrive in the last third of the pitch and the last decision, the last choice, the correct pass, the right movement is something that is not right at the moment. We are not a team who kills opponents.
“We are paying for that in the Premier League, losing points, and in the Champions League we might have got a different result. But they all give everything.
“Every one of them on the pitch fight for each other, work for each other, have tactical discipline. I cannot be critical.
“They got a very acceptable result in a stadium where it’s difficult to play and difficult to win. I think they did a good job.
“We were unfortunate in the first half because we should have scored more goals, and unfortunate in the second half too because we should not concede a goal at a corner. But the result is fair.”
The second leg in three weeks will be a special occasion as it will see Didier Drogba return to Stamford Bridge for the first time since ending his eight-year association with the club.
The Ivorian’s last kick for the Blues was the penalty which won them their first ever Champions League, securing his place in club folklore and a hero’s reception.
“He’s going to have the best reception of his life,” Mourinho said.
“Stamford Bridge will show the love and respect they have for a legend in our club, and during 90 minutes he wants to win. So if he wants to win, he’s not our friend for 90 minutes.”