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Real must take lead to Istanbul, says Mourinho

19 Mar 2013 18:46:57

Real must take lead to Istanbul, says Mourinho

Real Madrid must beat Galatasaray in their Champions League quarter-final home leg or else they face a tough time in the return leg in Turkey, coach Jose Mourinho said on Tuesday.

Mourinho, who has already guided Porto and Inter Milan to Champions League glory, said that Real face a tough challenge against a side packed with quality - including Champions League-winning players Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba - and with Turkey's best coach Fatih Terim in charge.

"It will be tough, but we must try and get a positive result at home in the first leg, which is not what we managed to do against Manchester United (a 1-1 draw in Madrid).

"We must go there with at least a small advantage."

Mourinho, whose side play the home leg on April 3 with the away trip to Istanbul on April 11, watched Galatasaray last Sunday and came away impressed.

"I saw everything I expected to see: a team that is used to the Champions League and who not only have two former winners of this competition, Drogba and Sneijder, but also players who have played for other top clubs," he said.

"Players like Emmanuel Eboue who was at Arsenal, Felipe Melo who came from Juventus, Albert Riera from Liverpool and Fernando Muslera from Lazio.

"The team also has an excellent coach, the best in Turkey, who also coached at one time in Italy, with a bunch of supporters who are unique," he said with masterful understatement, given the intimidatory welcome all sides face when they play Galatasaray.


AFP

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