Uefa Champions league match Galatasaray vs Schalke 04 preview,team lineups,live streams
February 20, 2013 2:45 PM EST
Türk Telekom Arena — Istanbul
Referee: W. Collum
Turkish club Galatasaray trained on Tuesday ahead of their UEFA Champions League last 16 first leg tie against German side Schalke on Wednesday.
Final preparations for Galatasaray before their Champions League clash with Schalke. They are looking to qualify for the quarter finals for the first time since 2001.
Gala won their final three group games and have strengthened their squad since then with Wesley Sneider and Didier Drogba joining the Turkish league leaders.
Drogba’s last kick in the Champions League was the penalty that won the title for Chelsea last season.
Galatasaray are in confident mood.
Match Prediction : Although the home team have boost themselves with two great winter transfers,Drogba and Sneijder,the German team this year plays really good in the Champions league.Despite having some problems in domestic competition,still they want to make an impact in Champions league,so the option Schalke not to lose is the best one to take here.
Fatih Terim, Galatasaray manager:
“Schalke never lost a game in their group and you will see a serious and powerful team tomorrow night. I hope and believe that when the match is over it will be our victory. As I said, we will play against a team that is very effective.”
Hamit Altintop, Galatasaray midfielder:
“We are on the right path and we have a really good team. Our target is clear that we want to win this game. We believe that we’ve prepared very well for this match. Tomorrow, we would like to play well and go to Germany with a good score.”
Schalke have only won once in their last twelve games, Galatasaray will be hoping to make that 13.
Jens Keller takes charge of his first ever UEFA Champions League match on Wednesday as Schalke play Galatasary in Istanbul.
Jens Keller, Schalke manager:
“We are looking forward to playing in the Champions League and every single player can put their soul into the fight. We are looking forward to the match and to seeing the individual strength that all of the Galatasaray players undoubtedly have. It is a challenge for every Schalke player and we are happy to play this match.”
Timo Hildebrand, Schalke goalkeeper:
“The match gives us a chance to put everything that happened in the group stage behind us and to evaluate our play. Nobody expected us to finish the group stage as the leaders. We should be playing with this kind of self-esteem. Every match in the Champions League is special of course, but I think personal hardships are over for me and I am looking forward to the match.”
Galatasaray probable lineup : Muslera;Eboue, Nounkeu, Semih, Riera;Hamit, Felipe Melo, Selcuk;Sneijder;Drogba, Burak
Schalke probable lineup : Unnerstall;Hoger, Howedes, Matip, Fuchs;Jones, Neustadter;Farfan, Draxler, Bastos;Huntelaar