Jay-Jay Okocha: Istanbul will be difficult for Madrid

The former Fenerbahce midfielder says Real Madrid will find it tough playing in the Turkish commercial capital when they go to meet Galatasaray in the Champions League

Former Fenerbahce player Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha has declared city rivals Galatasaray a difficult team to play in Istanbul as Real Madrid prepare to travel there for their second leg Uefa Champions League quarter final game.

Jay Jay spent two seasons in Turkey and knows the temperament of his former club’s biggest rivals as he predicted a tough time for the Spanish giants who will take a 3-0 lead to Istanbul.

“If you fly in as a visiting team from a foreign country, [Galatasaray fans] won’t let you sleep, they will come to your hotel and disturb you,” said Okocha at the Heineken Champions Planet in Victoria Island on Wednesday night.

“And if you have a Galatasaray fan serving you in the hotel, I don’t think you will get the best service.

“It’s a really difficult place to go to but I think with the experience of Real Madrid and with the result they have gotten [on Wednesday] they will do well,” he said. 

Okocha was guest of the Heineken Champions Planet's Legends Night where he talked about the game among other topics.