Even though Juventus hasn’t started their UEFA Champions League campaign the way they wanted to, they have a golden opportunity to clinch a stop in the next round visiting Galatasaray.
After five matches, La Vecchia Signora have six points and they sit in second place of Group B behind Real Madrid. Galatasaray, on the other hand, has only four points and they need to come away with a win in front of their fans to advance.
The Turkish outfit does have many talented players on their roster but this team has been carried by Ivorian striker Didier Drogba in the European stage. The former Chelsea star is one of the few players in the squad that has the quality and the experience to create some havoc in an experienced Italian backline and he will need to be at his best to penetrate one of Europe’s most solid defenses.
Juventus, on the other hand, won’t have Andrea Pirlo but they will feature Arturo Vidal from the first minute. The Chilean midfielder already has five goals in the tournament and his role is increasing even more in Pirlo’s absence, being the definitive leader of the team inside the pitch and getting to score regularly when his team needs him the most. He netted a hat-trick against Copenhague in the team’s last match and he will look to build from that performance in Istambul.
Prediction: Galatasaray 2-2 Juventus
The current Serie A champions will have a tough challenge ahead of them but they will prevail in order to secure a spot in the Round of 16. They will struggle to create chances but their experience and individual quality will be enough to allow them to advance in the competition.