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UEFA Champions League

  • 4 April 2013
  • • 00:15
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: S. Moen
  • • Attendance: 76462

Real Madrid - Galatasaray Preview: Los Blancos target first-leg advantage in Bernabeu clash

Jose Mourinho's side will hope to take a giant stride towards a record 24th semi-final appearance in the European Cup when they host the Turkish champions on Wednesday night


Arbeloa, Varane, Ramos, Coentrao
Khedira, Alonso
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Eboue, Semih, Nounkeu, Riera
Altintop, Melo, Selcuk
Drogba, Burak

Real Madrid have a fully-fit squad at their disposal for the Champions League quarter-final first-leg meeting with Galatasaray at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Defenders Raphael Varane (back) and Fabio Coentrao (foot) have recovered from injuries and are set to start, while Diego Lopez is expected to keep his place in goal ahead of the fit-again Iker Casillas.

Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria should all return to the starting line-up after being rested on the bench for Saturday's 1-1 draw at Zaragoza.

Galatasaray boss Fatih Terim could field the same starting XI that overcame Schalke in the round of 16 second leg in Germany.

The 59-year-old has a virtually full-strength squad to choose from, with Tomas Ujfalusi (knee) the only absentee.

  • Real Madrid are on a 37-match unbeaten run at the Santiago Bernabeu in all competitions, stretching back to January 2012 (W30, D7).

  • Los Merengues have won 13 and lost just one of their 16 European home matches under Jose Mourinho.
  • Madrid have scored 18 goals in the Champions League this season, the joint highest total along with Bayern Munich.
  • Galatasaray have won 10 of their last 18 away outings in European competition, losing just two.
  • The Turkish giants have emerged victorious in two of their three previous meetings with Real Madrid, including a 2-1 Uefa Super Cup triumph in 2000-01.
  • Burak Yilmaz (pictured, right) is the joint top scorer in this season's Champions League with eight goals, level with Cristiano Ronaldo.


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13Diego López RodríguezGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
7Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
9Karim BenzemaStriker
19Luka ModricMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
25Néstor Muslera MicolGoalkeeper
-Dany NounkeuDefender
26Semih KayaDefender
27Emmanuel EboueDefender
4Hamit AltıntopMidfielder
8Selçuk İnanMidfielder
3Felipe MeloMidfielder
10Wesley SneijderMidfielder
11Didier DrogbaStriker
17Burak YılmazStriker
77Eray İşcanGoalkeeper
5Gökhan ZanDefender
22Hakan BaltaDefender
55Sabri SarıoğluDefender
35Yekta KurtuluşMidfielder
19Umut BulutStriker
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