With Real Madrid v Galatasaray to kick off in less than an hour, here we have the quickest preview you would need.
Real Madrid and Galatasaray have met each other in three games in the history of the European competition. With Real Madrid winning the Champions League and Galatasaray winning the UEFA Cup in 1999/00, the first game was a UEFA Super Cup tie in in Monaco with the Turkish side winning 2-1 after extra time. Jardel converted from the spot before Raul Gonzalez equalised things for Madrid. With no result coming through after ninety minutes, the teams went into extra time where Jardel again scored to give Galatasaray the Super Cup win.
The next time Real Madrid went head to head with Galatasaray was in 2001/02 Champions League quarter-finals with Real Madrid emerging triumphant 5-3 on aggregate. The first leg was played in Istanbul with Galatasaray winning a closely contested encounter. Ivan Helguera and Makelele scored for Real while Davala, Hasan Sas and Jardel scored for the Turks.
In the second leg, Real needed to overturn the aggregate deficit but had the away goals in their favour. As it turned out, Real were comfortably through to the next round with a 3-0 scoreline on the night and 5-3 on aggregate. Raul scoring a double and Ivan Helguera getting the third.
Real Madrid have faced only one other Turkish side in a European competition – Besiktas in 1958 with Real Madrid winning 3-1 on aggregate.
Galatasaray on the other hand have played twenty five games against Spanish teams picking up seven wins, six draws and twelve losses. In Real’s favour for the first leg, Galatasaray have only won once in Spain (4-1 versus Real Mallorca in 2000 in UEFA Cup).
- If Real Madrid win this tie, they will progress to the semi-final of UEFA Champions League for a record 24th time, a competition they’ve won a record nine times. Madrid have also been in the quarter-finals the maximum number of times (30), winning 24 and losing 6.
- When Real played Galatasaray in the quarter-finals in 2000/01, the first leg was played on 3 April but in Istanbul instead of Madrid this time. Galatasaray won that day.
- Real are yet to lose at home this season in Europe. They’ve won two and drawn two at home. Overall, under Mourinho, Real have won thirteen, drawn two and lost just one.
- Since losing at Old Trafford, Galatasaray haven’t lost an away game (winning versus Cluj, Braga and Schalke). Of their last eighteen away games, Galatasaray have won ten.
- Mourinho has 100% record when it comes to quarter-finals. With Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and now Real Madrid.
- Cristiano Ronaldo and Burak Yilmaz are the leading scorers in this years’ competition with eight goals from eight games.
- Cristiano has played each and every minute of Real’s campaign this year in Europe. He has 41 shots on target and 16 off target, both maximum for a player this season. Real, as a team, have had most shots on goal (104).
- Real have scored 18 goals (maximum along with Bayern Munich) and conceded 11 goals (highest amongst the quarter finalists) and haven’t kept a clean sheet yet.
- Angel Di Maria along with Zlatan Ibrahimovich has maximum assists – 5.
- Madrid haven’t lost at home since 18 January 2012 v Barcelona in Copa del Rey, 37 games back.
Bits and Bobs
- When Real played Galatasaray then, Iker Casillas was in goal and Aitor Karanka in defence. Tonight Iker won’t be in goal (not called up in the squad) but Karanka would be on the staff bench as assistant manager to Jose Mourinho.
- Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso are one booking away from a ban.
- Real Madrid come into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw. Galatasaray won 2-0 v Istanbul BB in the league.
- Real Madrid XI: Diego Lopez, Essien, Varane, Ramos, Coentrao, Khedira, Xabi, Ozil, Di Maria, Cristiano and Benzema.
Galatasaray XI: Muslera, Eboue, Semih, Dany, Riera, Melo, Altintop, Selcuk, Sneijder, Burak and Drogba.