After two days and one training session, new Galatasary boss Roberto Mancini makes his club debut against Juventus on Wednesday evening in UEFA Champions League Group B play.
The former Manchester City and Inter Milan manager was tapped by the Turkish club on Monday, and reportedly fit in one practice ahead of the showdown at Juventus Stadium.
Mancini faces several difficult challenges, including pulling Galatasaray up from the near bottom of the Super Lig. The club may be 10th overall in league play, but stars Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba could be inspired with a new face on the sidelines.
Galatasaray also may have less of a battle on Wednesday due to an ankle injury for Juventus striker Carlos Tevez. The 29-year-old suffered the knock on Sunday against Torino, for which striker Ciro Immobile was issued a yellow card. According to BBC News, Tevez has a laceration and contusion on his right ankle.
Juve’s chances of victory look less promising with one of the top goal-scorers in Europe sidelined. Since joining the Italian side this summer from City, Tevez has appeared in seven matches and scored three goals. He is tied with midfielder Arturo Vidal for the club lead.
Manager Antonio Conte could start forwards Fabio Quagliarella, Fernando Llorente, or Sebastian Giovinco. All could join Mirko Vucinic, but Quagliarella or Llorente appear more likely.
In their opening Champions League match, Galatasaray suffered a 6-1 loss to Real Madrid, despite forcing four corners and holding a slight possession advantage. However, frustration clearly set in as Felipe Melo, and midfielders Nordin Amrabat and Albert Riera were each booked as the squad was clearly outclassed by Real Madrid's collection of superstars.
Though he was tested often against Madrid in the loss, goalkeeper Fernando Muslera made six impressive saves. The Uruguayan has done a more than serviceable job since joining the club in 2011.
The Old Lady have had a far better start to their season, currently third on the Serie A table with no losses, but came away frustrated in a 1-1 draw with FC Copenhagen two weeks ago. Quagliarella scored Juve’s only goal, as they were denied 10 times at the net by Copenhagen keeper Johan Wiland.
D:Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini
M: Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah
F: Quagliarella, Vucinic
D: Eboue, Chedjou, Nounkeu
M: Melo, Inan, Sneijder, Amrabat, Riera
F: Drogba, Yilmaz
Prediction: Juventus 2-1
Where to watch: The Champions League Group B match will kick-off at 2.45 p.m. ET. Coverage will be provided by Fox Sports 1, with a live stream available on Fox Soccer 2Go.
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