Galatasaray Against An Impossible Group

By Aydin Reyhan
Turk Telekom Arena
Photo courtesy of Galatasaray’s official Facebook page

Galatasaray have to face Real MadridJuventus and Kobenhavn in their Champions League group in what has to be considered one of their toughest groups in history. The first two sides are extremely difficult while the final one is realistically beatable. However, these games are not played on paper.

The Turks will literally pick up right where they left off from in last season’s quarter-finals of the prestigious competition when they kick-off this season with a home match against Real (won 3-2 at home but lost 5-3 on aggregate). This will arguably be their toughest opponent as they are always on top of their game.

The last time Gala faced Juve in the groups was way back when in the 2003-04 season where Gala lost away but were victorious 2-0 on home soil thanks to a double from legendary striker Hakan Sukur. This year — Juve being much stronger — will be almost impossible to defeat at home but especially away in Turin.

Kobenhavn is a team they should defeat in both venues as they are clearly the weakest side of the bunch (no disrespect intended). However, they are capable of providing surprises that could make them ever so dangerous.

The goal for Gala in this group should be a surprise second place finish or a definite third placed finish behind Real and Juve. That is honestly the most realistic approach they should take.

Now, what coach Fatih Terim needs to do is to try and sign Nani and Bruma to strengthen the attacking flanks in a 4-2-3-1 to give them any realistic chance in performing well in this group. Nani is unwanted at United and would fit in perfectly in Istanbul while Bruma is a rising youthful star that needs to play UCL soccer. If they join, the team will be brilliant and successful both domestically and in Europe.

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