Galatasaray – Real Madrid: Real Madrid Edges Chaotic Encounter Between Two Struggling Sides (0-1)
In a game labelled as do-or-die for Zinedine Zidane after only one point in the first two games in the Champions League Group A, Real Madrid managed to escape Istanbul with all three points thanks to an early Toni Kroos goal. The game offered plenty of chances for both sides, but a severe lack of quality, cohesion and off-the-ball structure reflected the overall problems of the two sides.
Tactical analysis and match report by Cem Soylu.
Welcome to Hell – the famous phrase that Galatasaray welcomes European opposition to Istanbul, with reference to the fiery atmosphere in their home ground. It remains a hell in the domestic league with a forty-game unbeaten run at home, but it is far from it in Europe with only one win out of their last eight. Galatasaray and Real Madrid, both giants in their respective countries, are going through a similar phase – managed by club legends in Fatih Terim and Zinedine Zidane, and going through a serious slump, much to the frustration of their impatient fans who are used to nothing but glory.
Real Madrid came off a largely disappointing 1-0 loss away at Mallorca, which significantly increased the pressure on Zidane. With El Clasico postponed, the entire focus turned to this encounter considering Real Madrid only has one point so far in Group A. Galatasaray struggled in their 3-2 win at home against Sivasspor as they rose to sixth spot in the Turkish Super League, and also came into this game with only one point, grabbed away against Club Brugge.
Zidane made six changes to the side he used against Mallorca, fielding his team in a 4-3 . . .