The reigning Italian champions will hope to put the disappointment of a curtailed Champions League campaign behind them by reaching the final which will be held at their Juventus Stadium on May 14.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Mourinho's Real Madrid eliminated the Lions in the quarterfinals of last year's competition, and the famous Portuguese coach had expressed his desire to draw Galatasaray in the Round of 16 in this year's tournament so that he could again face one of his most famous protégés, Ivorian legend Didier Drogba.
Galatasaray will start the knockout stage at home in late February before traveling in early March for the away leg at Stamford Bridge in London.
The other draws are as follows: Barcelona-Manchester City, Manchester-United-Olympiakos, Atletico Madrid-AC Milan, PSG-Bayer Leverkusen, Real Madrid-Schalke, Borussia Dortmund-Zenit St. Petersburg and Bayern Munich-Arsenal.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Wesley Sneijder's killer blow five minutes to end , send Galatasaray into the round of 16 .....
Wesley Sneijder's late winner in snowy Istanbul sent Galatasaray into the Champions League last 16 and knocked their visitors Juventus out as they completed Tuesday's abandoned tie.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Win against Juventus on Tuesday will be good enough for Galatasaray to join Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League but coach Roberto Mancini knows it is not going to be easy.
A 4-1 loss at the Santiago Bernabeu a fortnight ago left the Turkish giants third in Group B, two points adrift of second-place Juventus heading into the decider at a sold-out Turk Telekom Arena in Istanbul.
Galatasaray are level on four points with Copenhagen but have a better goal-difference against the Danes, who host already-qualified Real Madrid in the other pool game.
"We have all to play for and we need to be calm and show focus."
"We play at home and in a game, anything can happen.
"We know it's going to be a very difficult match because Juve is a very good side.
"I think if we are fortunate like we were in the first leg (a 2-2 draw in Turin - Mancini's first game in charge of Galatasaray), and we limit mistakes, then we can do well and achieve our aim."
Galatasaray are in fourth place in the Turkish Super League, will be bolstered by the return of former Lazio goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and ex-Inter Milan forward Wesley Sneijder.
Muslera returned to action in Friday's 2-0 triumph against Elazigspor after being sidelined with a fractured toe since October 31.
Sneijder, meanwhile, has been out for a month with a recurring thigh injury but is set to play in support of lone striker Didier Drogba against Juve.
Juve's 3-1 triumph against Copenhagen on November 27 was the Italian champions' first win in the competition this season.
More importantly, it allowed Antonio Conte's men to keep their destiny entirely in their own hands heading into the final group game.
A draw in Turkey will be enough to see the Italians progress to the knockout stages.
"We cannot go there with fear but determined to win," striker Fernando Llorente said.
"If we control the game and if we give all that we have inside, then we can do it.
"Our journey in the competition has not been easy but we have recovered and we are one step away from achieving our aim."
Llorente will partner Carlos Tevez up front.
Juve warmed up for the encounter with Friday's 2-0 triumph at Bologna, their seventh straight Serie A victory.
Galatasaray's Drogba and company will have the last word on the pitch with the help of 12th men in the stands !