The last time Juventus has faced Galatasaray was back in 2003. After a double draw in 1998, then Marcello Lippi’s team won 2-1 at the Delle Alpi in the group stage of the Champions League before losing the second leg 2-0 at the old Ali Sami Yen. On the bench of the Turks just like how a few days ago sat Fatih Terim since yesterday, however, the leadership of the champion team of Turkey was entrusted to Roberto Mancini, after the Emperor’s choice was not to accept the new contract proposal offered by the company. A few hours before their departure for Turin, with the new coach installed, however, is difficult to imagine a radical change of style of play of the team from Istanbul.
Terim has repeatedly deployed a 4-2-3-1 at times with some variations, but the results obtained in this season were not satisfactory: after the victory in the Turkish Super Cup, there are seven points from the first five games of championship, five goals scored and four conceded; to everything which should be added the boarded taken at home against Real Madrid in the first match of the UCL group (1-6 final result). In Turkey, are talking about the crisis: what has been missing up to now is the contribution of the big boys of the team: Sneijder scored in the first day of the season but has so far failed to give continuity of performance. Like him, Drogba and Yilmaz (authors of five goals in two and the performance was rather opaque) do not go through their best moment. Midfield and defense are not up to the offensive department: the best known names aside, the starting eleven should see the experts in the field Eboué and Riera as well as the former Felipe Melo – author of a game to say the least reviewable against the Blancos.
On the game against the Merengues do not however be fooled by the final score: the Turkish team has not forfeited, started out making the game and closing his opponents in their own half of the field. At the end of the match, the possession was found to be in perfect balance, and eleven shots on goal were completed for Turks (including four on side). Individual errors, added to the advanced of the best men of Ancelotti, have led to the disastrous fall of the formation of Terim. Tagged right from the start as the loose cannon of the group B, Galatasaray is scary especially within the walls of the home stadium; unlike the Bianconeri, the eleventh turkish appears to be less complete. Waiting to find out whether and how the new Italian coach will give the turn, remains to be seen what will be the Conte moves in midfield, where it seems obvious the return of Pirlo. In addition it seems that the Bianconeri will be able to count on the presence of the warrior Tevez despite the nasty blow to the ankle suffered in the derby.