Tomorrow, the Turk Telekom Arena of Istanbul will host one what may be one of the most emotional soccer games of the year. Valid for the last game of the Champions League group stage, Galatasaray and Juventus will be facing each other for a spot in the next round of the competition.
The Turkish side has the obvious advantage of playing in their own stadium, which is recognized by the entire world for having one of the most supportive and loudest crowds in the soccer world. Similar to the San Paolo Stadium of Naples, playing in the Turk Telekom Arena can be a real challenge for the visiting team, considering that even the most experienced players could potentially struggle from the shock of seeing such a powerful crowd.
On the other hand, Juventus has the advantage in terms of results. As a matter of fact, being two points above Galatasaray, even a draw will be enough for the Bianconeri to qualify. However, in terms of mental approach, this situation could potentially become an advantage for the opponent who knows that the only acceptable result is to win.
For this reason, coach Antonio Conte knows very well that it would be a mistake to step into the field with the intention of tying. Without a doubt, his players will probably approach the game with the highest motivation to win.
Fortunately for Galatasaray’s manager Roberto Mancini, Juventus star Andrea Pirlo won’t be part of the game. Due to this absence, the Old Lady will certainly lack a great deal of quality for the match. However, this does not represent a valid excuse for not obtaining the qualification, which, for Italy’s biggest team, should always be achieved.
Moreover, after two and half years of work with Conte in which Juventus has completely dominated in Serie A, the moment of truth has arrived. Now, the players will finally have to show what they’re made of by obtaining a historic qualification in one of the world’s most difficult stadiums.
For this reason, more than a simple soccer game, the world will witness an authentic epic battle tomorro in which world-class players such as Gianluigi Buffon and Arturo Vidal will be required to lead their team to success. If Juventus is unable to get the job done, not even a third consecutive Serie A title would hide the failure for the Bianconeri, who are constantly blamed for not giving their best in European competitions.