Galatasaray V Chelsea for the Quarter Finals: Pre-match notes 72 hours prior to the big night

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Feb,24th,2014- Galatasaray and Chelsea, two top football teams from Turkey and England at the tops of their match forms will face each other in this Wednesday night's big football celebration in Istanbul. Here are some pre-match notes and score predictions.

The more Stronger your Rival, the more Self-Developed you grow

Galatasaray, the 2000 UEFA Cup Winner football club team from Turkey, had first played against Chelsea in the first half of the 1999-2000 season in the Champions League. Beaten by Chelsea in two matches, first away in London 1-0, second at home in Istanbul 0-5, Galatasaray never got beaten by another team 'til they raised the trophy at the end of the same season.

Learning from mistakes may not be something Galatasaray is good at. It is easily predictable for the fans and managers of this club when will their team repeat the same mistakes, and when will not.

Yet Galatasaray's biggest virtue is to learn from rivals. A virtue of legacy from the overthrown empire in the Turkish motherlands, The Ottoman Empire. When the football club was first established in 1905, these virtues and many others have been set in team philosophy --

    "To overcome non-Turkish football clubs" is set by club's founder father Ali Sami Yen over 100 years ago.

Both sides' last meeting 14 years ago

Galatasaray memories haven't been so well during the first encounters with Chelsea. Even though it was Fatih Terim's best season in success as Galatasaray's head coach, Terim risked his chances at most through the faulty strategy of tandem, within the formation of attacking 3-5-2. The absences of goalkeeper Taffarel and team captain Bulent Korkmaz had left defenders Popescu and Capone in maladjustment that they couldn't properly apply the offside trap against Chelsea's counter-attacking players in fast breaks.

So the result was a disaster for Galatasaray in October,1999, just like the commentators on TV said "It was more than an utopia that happened for Chelsea". Chelsea's European international stars French Didier Deschamps, Italian Gianfranco Zola, Norwegian Tore Andre Flo all had a very surprising victory against Fatih Terim's experimental Galatasaray that was terribly gone wrong.

But what actually wrong was in mid-field and the play-making leaders of the team, according to coach Fatih Terim. All the players were disappointed but not everyone was equally guilty of the shocking result. The team crucially was in need of a play-making leader to command and lead the attacking organization. So the present team leader in the mid-field, Tugay Kerimoglu was the first one to be blamed.

Quitting the team during the January transfer window by being transferred to Scottish Premiere League, Tugay, who is today Galatasaray's football coordinator and assistant coach, didn't have the chance to see the end of the season in Galatasaray, while his former team-mates were raising trophies in European cups. Tugay was a valuable player and a greatly skilled mid-fielder, and everybody always have accepted this fact without a doubt. But for coach Fatih Terim, there was a strategy behind losing his top skilled and most experienced mid-fielder: "To go beyond where no one has reached before, one will need to sacrifice his most trusted".

What does this Match mean for Tugay, and what does it mean for Drogba

While Chelsea and Jose Mourinho have nothing to prove, this upcoming match will surely be emotionally meaningful for Drogba as the former Chelsea striker, and also will be so for Tugay. Having played most years of his football career and lifting countless trophies with Chelsea(including the Champions League Cup 2012) Drogba will surely feel younger and might figure that playing for Chelsea wasn't the end of the road just yet.

Predictions for both teams' Starting line-ups

Now let's look at Galatasaray's current team form and players in detail versus Chelsea's players on the contrary. Head coach Roberto Mancini knows how to draw the most benefit from his star players. There is a key assistant for his side on every strategical position, who have played for Galatasaray during their football careers: Tomaj Ujfalusi commands and leads the training of defense, Tugay Kerimoglu does for mid-field and bench team, Claudio Taffarel does for goalkeepers. All these 3 positions are in harmony and work well together. But for the remaining position, the attackers don't seem to adapt the team each game.

Galatasaray: 5-4-1

    (GK) Muslera


    (Right Winger Back) Eboue

    (Central Back Tandem 1) Semih

    (Central Back Tandem 2) Hakan

    (Sweeper) Ceyhun

    (Left Winger Back) Telles


    (Defensive Midfielder 1) Melo

    (Defensive Midfielder 2) Selçuk

    (Attacking Midfielder 1) Hajroviç

    (Attacking Midfielder 2) Sneijder


    (Central Pivot Forward) Drogba

Chelsea: 4-3-3

    (GK) Cech


    (Right Back) Ivanoviç

    (Central Back 1) Cahill

    (Central Back 2) Terry

    (Left Back) Azpilicueta


    (Defensive Midfielder) Obi Mikel

    (Central Midfielder 1) Ramires

    (Central Midfielder 2) Matiç


    (Right Forward Winger) Willian

    (Left Forward Winger) Hazard

    (Central Forward) Eto'o

And with these line-ups above, here are the one-on-one match-ups of the players and their nationalities:
Eto'o(Cameroon) <--> Semih(Turkey) & Hakan(Turkey)
Hazard(Belgium) <--> Eboue(Ivory Coast)
Willian(Brazil) <--> Telles(Brazil)
Matiç(Serbia) <--> Selçuk(Turkey)
Azpilicueta(Spain) <--> Hajroviç(Bosnia)
Ramires(Brazil) <--> Melo(Brazil)
Obi Mikel(Nigeria) & Ivanoviç(Serbia) <--> Sneijder(Netherlands)
Cahill(Australia) & Terry(England) <--> Drogba(Ivory Coast)

Finally, a score prediction for this game

First half 1-0 for Galatasaray (goal from Hajroviç might be scored between 40' - 45')
After the first 60' minutes 2-0 for Galatasaray (goal from Sneijder)
Before minute 70' 2-1 (Chelsea might score with Hazard or substitute Lampard)
Before minute 85' 3-1 (goal from Drogba)

Final score prediction:

    Galatasaray: 3 - Chelsea: 1


72 Hours, Champions League, Chelsea, Dan Petrescu, Drogba, Galatasaray, Gianfranco Zola, Jose Mourinho, Roberto Mancini, Telekom Arena, Tore Andre Flo, Tugay

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
25th Feb 2014 (#)

A reunion betweeen Drogba and Mourinho which Didier is likely to come to MLS with Seattle Sounders!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
25th Feb 2014 (#)

how not a football fan but all my family support Chelsea...

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
25th Feb 2014 (#)

Sean, you should delete all the stuff below was on my page this morning too..does not add points is just a bloody nuisance...

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author avatar Sean_Victorydawn
25th Feb 2014 (#)

thanks guys.
Yes, now I deleted the spams in this comments tab, it's cleaner now.
There is a difference in formation for Chelsea, Matiç is not listed for Champions League, so as a replacement Andre Schurrle will play in the attacking midfield position.
Just to remind you all readers of this news page:
This is my choice of both teams. Best starting 11 for Galatasaray against best starting 11 for Chelsea.
I predict that if Galatasaray starts the game with 2 central forwards, Chelsea would win the game. But Mancini plays with 1 central forward in most Champions League games in the first half of the matches.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
26th Feb 2014 (#)

i do hope Chelsea wins or at least draw!!!!!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
26th Feb 2014 (#)

Glory Glory Man United!

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