Galatasaray v Real Madrid: Champions League match preview

Galatasaray v Real Madrid: Preview of the Champions League quarter-final second leg in Istanbul on Tuesday (KO 7:45pm UK)

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Jose Mourinho led Real Madrid to the La Liga title last term Photo: Soccer.ru, via Wikimedia

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Galatasaray host Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday night needing a remarkable revival to stay in the competition.

Having lost the first leg 3-0, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuaín all on target at the Bernabeu, Fatih Terim’s hosts have it all to do to reach their first European Cup semi-final in 24 years.

For nine-time winners Madrid, meanwhile, a 24th semi-final appearance is well within reach.

Pre-match facts

• Galatasaray have won just once at home in this season’s Champions League but have suffered only two reverses in their last 13 European fixtures in Istanbul.

• Madrid won 2-1 at Manchester United in the round of 16 and have scored in all 16 Champions League away fixtures during Jose Mourinho’s reign, losing just two of them.

• Overall, Galatasaray’s home record against teams from Spain is W5 D2 L5.

• Madrid are aiming for a 24th semi-final appearance and no other club has competed in as many quarter-finals – this is their 30th and they have won all but six.

• Mourinho has a 100 per cent record in Champions League quarter-finals, having won at this stage with FC Porto (2004), Chelsea FC (2005, 2007), FC Internazionale Milano (2010) and his present club in 2011 and 2012.

What the managers said after the first leg

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho: “They [Galatasaray] need a miracle but miracles happen in football, the history of football is full of miracles, why can they not dream of a miracle? They will give their all to try to pull off an historic result and I have enough experience to know that although I am happy with the [first-leg] result, the tie is not over. I have to convince my players to believe that too.”

Galatasaray boss Fatih Terim: “After losing the match 3-0 we need a miracle but in Istanbul we will try to play well and win the match. Despite all our work and training, we did not expect to concede such goals. You need to minimise mistakes in such games. Real Madrid were the dominant side and I accept that.”

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