Champions League Preview: Galatasaray In For Tough Test vs. Real Madrid

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

Galatasaray will have to travel to Spain to face Real Madrid early next week for their fifth of six matches in the UEFA Chaampions League group stage. The first time they met was a day that they will absolutely want to avenge, as they were thrashed by a score of 6-1 on home soil.

Well, the sore might be closer this time around, but the result of a loss is still very much expected, especially since the Spanish side will be led by a Cristiano Ronaldo who single-handedly led Portugal to the World Cup

Currently, the Turkish champions sit second in the table with four points behind Juventus after their unfortunate 1-0 loss in Denmark against FC Copenhagen. If they lose this match and Juve defeats Copenhagen at home, they will be behind the Italians by two points, with the chance to overtake them on the final matchday in Istanbul. That is going to be a game to remember.

Roberto Mancini has had trouble instilling his game style into the players’ minds as they still want to play the way they pretty much always have: freely with just a little bit of concentration on both ends of the ball. He needs to be a bit tougher in training and needs to teach them how to play bravely on the road at all times.

If he can somehow get the players to play under his system at Manchester City, they could easily advance from this group and win the Super League title for the third straight year running.

Prediction: Real Madrid 3, Galatasaray 1

The hosts will dominate, and the score line will reflect their performance against the lowly Turks, who will be short on confidence especially after their 2-0 derby defeat to Fenerbahce a couple of weeks ago.

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