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Soccer Champions League

Gala Play Ugly Ahead of Real Madrid Showdown

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Photo courtesy of Galatasaray’s official Facebook page

Galatasaray are playing very poorly in the Turkish Super League nowadays under the best Turkish head coach today in Fatih Terim. They have won two straight Super League titles but do not look like they are on the trail for a third.

Today, they hosted Antalyaspor in the opening league game of the weekend in a match that brought about many chances but the spoils were shared in a 1-1 finish. Gala scored late on to equalize through Didier Drogba’s tap-in after Tita slammed home the opener in the opening half.

Besides that goal, Drogba was off his game as his shots were either too hard and high or too soft and low. He missed a coupe of free headers by inches, which could have won the home side the game.

Burak Yilmaz could not keep the ball at his feet and he himself missed some very easy chances close to frame. He could have had one or two assists as well.

The team started out strong as they hit the post early on and perhaps could have built a 2-0 lead inside the opening 15′ of the match. However, lady luck decided to shift away from them, which did not help either.

Wesley Sneijder and Fernando Muslera were both rested ahead of Tuesday’s Real Madrid match at home in the Champions League opener. In addition to them, captain Selcuk Inan has been ruled out for the next three weeks due to a foot injury. The absence of these three made matters worse for Gala.

One slightly bright spot was the introduction of the 18-year-old wonder kid Bruma who played the last half hour of today’s encounter and almost scored a beauty from 30 yards out. He may not start Tuesday but should get roughly the same amount of playing time against Real.

Folks, if Gala does not play as energetically throughout Tuesday’s match as they did in the last 15′ of today’s, they will lose to Real Madrid, plain and simple.