Galatasaray-Real Madrid Preview: Terim's side face mammoth task after first-leg mauling
The Turkish champions will be hoping to produce a miraculous comeback when they welcome Jose Mourinho's in-form outfit to the Turk Telekom Arena on Tuesday night
By Karthick Arvinth
Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz is ruled out of the Champions League quarter-final second leg clash against Real Madrid through suspension.
Centre-back Dany Nounkeu also misses out after picking up a yellow card in the first leg, but Albert Riera and Selcuk Inan return to the side after being suspended for Saturday's win over Mersin Idman Yurdu.
Real Madrid duo Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso are both banned for the trip to the Turk Telekom Arena.
Boss Jose Mourinho has no fresh injury concerns and is likely to field his strongest possible line-up as he looks to build on a 3-0 advantage from the first leg.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Galatasaray have won just once at the Turk Telekom Arena in the Champions League this season but have suffered only two defeats in their last 13 European home outings.
- The Turkish outfit's home record against Spanish opposition is W5, D2, L5, with the most recent victory being a 3-2 success against Real Madrid in the 2000-01 Champions League quarter-final first leg.
- Galatasaray have scored fewer goals (11) and conceded more (12) than any other side still involved in the Champions League.
- Real Madrid are on a 12-match unbeaten run in all competitions (W10, D2).
- Los Blancos have progressed in 41 of 54 European ties in which they have won the first leg at home, including all seven when they initially triumphed 3-0.
- Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, right) is the Champions League top scorer with nine goals in as many games.
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Top 3 Predictions
Galatasaray 1-2 Real Madrid CF
- 17.07 %
Galatasaray 1-3 Real Madrid CF
- 13.3 %
Galatasaray 0-2 Real Madrid CF
- 10.97 %
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|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Apr 9, 2013||Galatasaray 3 - Real Madrid CF 2|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Apr 3, 2013||Real Madrid CF 3 - Galatasaray 0|
|Club Friendlies (FR)||Aug 24, 2011||Real Madrid CF 2 - Galatasaray 1|
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|Mar 2, 2014||Çaykur Rizespor 1 - Galatasaray 1||TUR1|
|Feb 26, 2014||Galatasaray 1 - Chelsea FC 1||UCL|
|Feb 22, 2014||Galatasaray 1 - Besiktas 0||TUR1|
|Feb 17, 2014||Antalyaspor A.S. 2 - Galatasaray 2||TUR1|
|25||Néstor Muslera Micol||Goalkeeper|
|25||Diego López Rodríguez||Goalkeeper|
|22||Ángel Di María||Midfielder|
The former Chelsea forward netted twice in the win over Mersin Idman Yurdu on Saturday to end an eight-match scoreless run for Galatasaray. With Burak Ilmaz suspended, the onus is on Drogba to produce a vintage centre-forward display and carve into the home side's 3-0 deficit.
The Portugal star scored Real Madrid's third goal in the 5-1 rout of Levante to take his tally for the season to 46 in as many matches. Ronaldo will be out to further extend his goalscoring record and snuff out any chance of a comeback from the hosts.
Galatasaray will look to give a better account of themselves in the return leg after some haphazard defending cost them dearly in Madrid. Madrid are in sparkling form and should have little trouble in booking a third straight semi-final spot.
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