The Galatasaray manager Fatih Terim has slighted that the upcoming group stage match with Manchester United is one of the biggest in the Turkish club’s history. Galatasaray are involved in the Champions League group stages alongside teams like Manchester United knowing that they still have an opportunity to take part in the last 16 stage provided they perform well in the remaining two matches. Fatih Terim has said that he cannot wait to meet Sir Alex Ferguson, while he is extremely hopeful that the team will be able to win this match more than anything else.
Turkish football has been under a cloud of doubt of match fixing over the last few months. The prospect of having a Turkish team in the last 16 stage of the Champions League will be extremely positive for the nation as a whole according to the Galatasaray manager. Galatasaray have so far collected four points from four matches this season. Due to the fact that Manchester United have already qualified, they are expected to have a weakened line-up for this match. This coupled with the fact that the Ali Sami Yen is one of the toughest places to visit in the world, Terim is confident of success.
“It’s clear that this match is one of the most important games in Galatasaray’s history. Hopefully we’ll see a historic night at the Ali Sami Yen. I am sure that the fans will be putting a lot of effort into their preparations for the game and will support us until the final whistle. Our group is very complicated. There are two teams on four points and one team with three. The best thing now is us and Cluj winning tomorrow,” said the Galatasaray manager ahead of the match. Ferguson has confirmed that he will not have seven first-team players for this match.