Real Madrid v Galatasary
Spanish champions Real Madrid host Turkey’s Galatasary at the Bernabeu tomorrow night in the quarter final. Real Madrid came through the tie of the round when defeating Manchester United in the last round and will be confident of advancing to the semi final.
On paper it would appear that Madrid should advance without any problems but the Turks have some dangerous weapons at their disposal. In Burak Yilmaz they have the joint highest scorer in the competition along with Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. Added to that the experience of Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder and it shows the quality that Galatasary will bring to this tie.
Real Madrid have quality all over the pitch and in Jose Mourinho have a manager has brought Champions League success to Porto and Inter Milan and will be hoping to add Madrid to that list of successes at this level. In Ronaldo they have one of the best players in the world who is always a scoring threat.
Galatasary will be looking to make sure the tie is still alive when they go back to Istanbul, if they can score in Madrid it will be a bonus. Madrid should come through this by a couple of goals,
Verdict: Home win
Malaga v Borussia Dortmund
Malaga’s first Champions League campaign has seen them make it to the quarter finals in a superb debut season. They overcame Porto 2-1 over two legs to make it to this stage.
Borussia Dortmund have been very impressive in the Champions League this year. Alex Ferguson picked them early as a potential winner of the tournament and they have justified this selection in their performances. They came through the “Group of Death”, which included Real Madrid, Manchester City and Ajax Amsterdam, with 14 out of 18 points with 4 wins and two draws, an impressive return in such a group. In the last round they overcame Shaktar Donetsk 5-2 over two legs.
This first leg may be a tight affair with the Spaniards anxious not to let Dortmund get a vital away goal. Malaga have been tight at the back in the Champions League and will hope this continues against a Dortmund side who know how to find the net.
Dortmund should be the side that make the semi finals but the La Liga side may hold them at home.