Drogba could punish Real Madrid's set piece frailty - Goal.com previews the Champions League quarter finals

With the last-eight clashes upon us, James Richardson and our panel of experts discuss the key talking points

Didier Drogba’s aerial prowess could see Real Madrid suffer from set-pieces against Galatasaray, Goal.com’s Carlo Garganese argued in our expert debate ahead of the Champions League quarter-finals.

Garganese, James Richardson and Peter Staunton sat down to discuss what the deciding factors could be when the Turkish team visit the reigning Liga champions.

He said: "Real Madrid may be the most in form team in Europe but they do give up chances, especially from set pieces - they’ve conceded a lot of goals from crosses, off corners, and Drogba is one of the best in the world aerially.

"I think Drogba and [Burak] Yilmaz will get chances, but the question is will they take them? Van Persie didn’t take them, and as a result Manchester United went out."

Staunton, on the other hand, believes that Luka Modric could be the player to decide the fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu on April 3.

He explained: "Real Madrid were quite high up the pitch at Old Trafford and were looking for that pass, and Cristiano Ronaldo and [Angel] Di Maria at times lack the creativity and guile to unlock defences.

"It’s more about pace and power with those two, and a player like Luka Modric can find those runs in behind, make those clever little passes and interchanges between Ozil and the strikers.

"They need to rely on that in the last twenty minutes of a match when teams sit back against them, and Modric could be the one to make a difference in this tie."

Who can you see stealing the show on Wednesday night? Will Galatasaray spring a surprise or could Jose Mourinho’s men grab the victory Blancos fan crave?

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