Galatasaray tied at Juventus in their second group stage match of the UCL. The score was 2-2, and it was no less than what the Turkish side deserved as they did more than hold their own.
The first goal was honestly a mistake from the Juve defense as the back pass towards Gigi Buffon was intercepted then kicked home by Didier Drogba. Frankly, the lead was deserved but the goal should have been prettier than that.
The second half is when Gala began to slip as the equalizer was scored from the penalty spot, which was a rather soft way of earning it — Amrabat halted a spin by Fabio Quagliarella and the referee had no choice but to point to the spot 12 yards out from goal.
A minute later, a long ball was headed into the area by Drogba, then the ball was rocked home by Umut Bulut who now has two goals in his first two games off the bench.
Now, let’s take a look at why coach Roberto Mancini was able to instill his style of soccer into the team mindset just days into the job.
Firstly, Mancini has been in charge for less than a week and his first game was away to the Serie A champions. He has a capable squad at his disposal but the way the team passed the ball around early in the game was nothing short of admirable. Quick passing, one touch, slick runs and when they were off the ball, they managed to press almost to perfection each time. Once he gets them into match shape, the team could press for the majority of the game to counter and score to perfection.
The team improved dramatically in only three days under their new manager, which proves that they will only continue to get better. If they keep this up, a three-peat of the Super League title is possible, and they could advance from the group stage in Europe.