The winger of Galatasaray, Albert Riera, has said that his side can stun Real Madrid in the quarter finals of the Champions League.
Galatasaray has reached the quarter finals of the Champions League after 12 years. The last time they had qualified for the final 8 of this competition was way back in the 2000-01 season. In that season also, they had to face Madrid in the quarter final. They hadn’t managed to get better of the Spanish giants and were knocked out of the tournament.
This time also, it’s Real Madrid which is the favourite. The first leg of this quarter final clash will be played at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, while, the return leg will be played on Tuesday next week at Turk Telecom Arena.
When asked about the upcoming quarter final clash against Madrid, Riera said, “Real Madrid is undoubtedly a great side, but, frankly speaking, we have got enough capability to face any side in this world. Our team can stun a lot of people. We will play aggressive football and will make things very tough for Madrid.”
“The Real Madrid players have got more experience of playing in these kinds of matches. People are expecting them to win both the legs easily, but, in these matches, sometimes, unexpected things happen.”
“At home, we are a very dangerous side because we have our supporters behind us there. So, if we don’t fall that far behind in the first leg, we will have a real opportunity in our hands in the return leg.”
This is Riera’s second season for Galatasaray. He had joined the club in September 2011.
Riera has so far played 19 matches for Galatasaray in this season and has found the net once. He has also assisted a couple of goals.