Galatasaray V Juventus
are bottom of Group D with three points from four matches, but a win against Juventus will leave Fatih Terim’s men two points behind second-placed Real Sociedad – with the two sides meeting on Matchday 6.
Terim is unhappy that the match was switched from its venue in Istanbul to Dortmund following bomb attacks in the Turkish capital.
“It is impossible not to be angry because we lost the field and the spectator advantage,” Terim said.
Additional problems come from the fact that Gala have an injury crisis on their hands at the moment.
“Going into the match we know that only a win will keep our hopes alive and that is what we will be looking for,” added the Galatasaray coach.
“The only problem is, I haven’t really got any strikers available. The only fully-fit attacker is Arif Erdem, and Hakan Sukur will face a late fitness test.”
Asked about his opponents’ injury problems, Terim replied: “Don’t you tell me about their injury problems! We have worse problems than them. However, their biggest advantage is that they have more depth in their squad. If someone gets injured they can bring on a player who is just as good.”
Marcello Lippi preferred not to dwell on the fact that the match had been moved.
“We have got an important game to play here and that is all I am concerned about,” said the Juventus coach.
“We didn’t ask for the match to be moved, but I think it is the right decision.”
Juventus are already through to the last 16 but a point tonight will ensure they go through as group winners. Nonetheless, Lippi is using tonight’s match as an excuse too rest several leading players.
“I will definitely make some changes to the lineup,” he confirmed.
“David Trezeguet, Pavel Nedved and Gianluigi Buffon will all be rested, but that doesn’t mean we will throw the match.
“We want to finish first because it will give us the chance of a slightly easier opponent in the next round. But there are no easy games in the Champions League.
‘I am sure we will all witness that tomorrow. Galatasaray have a good side, but we will all be motivated to do our job.”