Cristiano Ronaldo is almost a one man band at this stage, he's playing with one of the most talented group of players on the planet but like his fellow superhuman Lionel Messi, the team is nothing without him. (as similarly Barcelona are nothing without Messi) Ronaldo has netted 28 times in 28 league games this year and is currently top scorer in the Champions League with eight goals in eight games. The Portugese playmaker is exceptional, and with a support cast of Mesut Ozil, Ricardo Kaka, Gonzalo Higuain, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema, he has plenty of helping hands. Sergio Ramos and Pepe will be charged with stopping Didier Drogba and Yilmaz which might prove harder than expected but Jose Mourhino and Madrid will expect to leave the Bernabeu with a couple of goals for a cushion at the very least.
Galatasaray have added some serious world class to their squad in January with Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder joining the team add in leading goalscorer Yilmaz and there is some nice attacking talent in this Galatasaray squad who went to Germany and won in the last round when they needed to. Sneijder has added incentive if needed after he was deemed a flop at Madrid before going to Inter Milan and winning it all with the now Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho.
Hosts Madrid have an injury concern over young centre-back Raphael Varane. Should the French international not shake off his back problem, his role would go to Pepe.
Galatasaray are likely to start with former Madrid midfielders Wesley Sneijder and Hamit Altintop.
Drogba is also likely to start for Gala, who have not reached the last four of this tournament since 1989.
According to Marca.com, "Galatasaray's president, Ünal Aysal, has made a deal with his players for an extra €25,000 payment per player if they knock Real Madrid out of the competition."
Real Madrid: D/W/W/W/W/W
Real Madrid: Lopez (GK); Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Coentrao; Alonso, Khedira; Ozil, Di Maria, Ronaldo; Benzema
Galatasaray: Muslera (GK); Eboue, Kaya, Nounkeu; Sneijder, Altıntop, Melo, Riera, Inan; Drogba, Yılmaz
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Santiago Bernebeau (Real Madrid's home)
Kick-off: 11:45am PST, 2:45pm EST, 6:45pm GMT
Real Madrid 2-2 Galatasaray
Expect fireworks in this one as Madrid go all out to end the tie in the first leg, Galatasaray and Turkey in general is noted as a notoriously difficult place to go and get a result so Madrid will want a couple of goals as a cushion at the very least.