UEFA Champions League match between Galatasaray Vs Schalke on Wednesday (19/02/2013), will be the first test of spending massive
players made the Galatasaray.
On paper, the condition of the two clubs is very contradictory. Galatasaray are now in very good condition following the success they reached the last 16 after being able to beat Manchester United, Braga, and CFR Cluj. In major league Turkey, Fatih Terim's club also lead at the top, with six points from nearest rivals Fenerbahce.
Nevertheless, Galatasaray management no sooner complacency. Want proof? In the transfer window in January, they brought two world class players, the Dutch midfielder, Wesley Sneijder, and the Ivory Coast striker, Didier Drogba.
"This investment will pay off. The income from the Champions League will cover the costs, "said the Galatasaray chairman Unal Aysal, who wanted to bring the Champions League in Istanbul.
From the track record of the two teams meeting, Galatasaray had never lost to Schalke.
In contrast, although Schalke won Group B Champions League, the club is declining now. They can only win one of the last 12 games they have been through so displaced from the second position to the ninth in league.However, the return of Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who recovered after suffering an eye injury, giving enough hope. "I feel 100 percent again and ready to play," said Huntelaar.
With new coach Jens Keller, who replaced Huub Stevens in December, conditions Schalke have not lifted despite many new players bring from Lyon, Michel Bastos, has contributed three goals in their last three games.