Galatasaray ready for new-look Madrid
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Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim is convinced his side are capable of upsetting Real Madrid once more despite the Spanish side adding Gareth Bale to their ranks.
Madrid made significant investment in the summer, with world-record signing of Bale among a crop of new arrivals including Isco and Asier Illarramendi, while star man Cristiano Ronaldo also committed to a new long-term contract at the weekend.
“The Real Madrid team consist of stars of incredible quality in every position,” Terim said. “They have made important transfers but they had one of the best teams in the world anyway.”
However, Galatasaray beat Madrid on home soil in the Champions League last season -- winning 3-2 at home in the quarter-final after losing the first leg 3-0 -- and Terim is hopeful of a positive result in Tuesday’s Group B opener.
“No team comes to Istanbul comfortably,” he added. “We believe we can challenge any team.”
Didier Drogba, who joined the Turkish side at the start of this year, was bullish about their chances of gaining a result and progressing from a group also containing Juventus and Copenhagen..
“It's a new season and we know we can beat them again,” Drogba said. “The best thing to do is play good football and give 100% to win. Once again we are going to face the top clubs of Europe this season and I think we have a good chance to qualify [for the knockout stages]."
Galatasaray have drawn three of their opening four games in the Turkish Super Lig and sit seventh in the table.