Jose Mourinho admits it will be a strange feeling to watch Didier Drogba line up against Chelsea.
The Blues are gearing up for a Champions League last-16 first-leg clash at Galatasaray tomorrow night.
Drogba, now playing for the Turkish giants, spent eight glorious years in Stamford Bridge after Mourinho brought him to the capital in 2004.
He went out out on a high by scoring the winning penalty against Bayern Munich that secured the club’s first Champions League success in 2012.
Tomorrow night’s clash in Istanbul will be the first time Drogba has taken on his former club and his old boss is wary of the threat still posed by the Ivory Coast international.
"I look forward to every match,” Mourinho said.
“I like to play. I am happy to do it, I like to do it against the best and Galatasaray is the Turkish champion.
“To face Didier Drogba is difficult and a strange feeling but we have to do our job, we know that he wants to do his job.
“I want to do my job by trying to help the team and he wants to do his by scoring.”
Mourinho was this week caught out by a French television channel criticising his misfiring strike force, with the Special One blasting the media for making his comments public.
He would love to have a rampaging powerhouse of a forward like Drogba back in his ranks and has spoken of his interest in signing Monaco's Radamel Falcao.
Drogba turns 36 next month but is still enjoying playing in the top-flight, admitting that he would consider a return to the Bridge if Mourinho comes calling this summer.
"I had a great time at Chelsea,” Drogba said. “I was there eight years and if Jose Mourinho said 'I want you to come back' I'd think about it," said Drogba.
"But there has been no approach from the club, so there is no need to speak about it. It is just rumours.
"I don't know. If it could happen, it would only be with one team. I could not play for anyone else in England.
"The intensity of the Premier League has improved since I was there so the only way to answer whether I could still do it would be to put me in and give me a few months.”