Aysal: Galatasaray do not fear Real Madrid

The Cimbom supremo is wary of the reigning Liga champions, but remains confident of knocking Jose Mourinho’s side out of Europe

Galatasaray president Unal Aysal has insisted that his side do not fear Real Madrid following Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw in Nyon.

The Super Lig champions have been paired with los Blancos in the last eight of Europe’s elite club competition and are seen by many as underdogs ahead of the tie.

However, their president pointed towards Gala’s favourable record over Jose Mourinho’s side – namely the 2000 European Super Cup victory – as reasons to be optimistic about their chances.

“Real Madrid are a tough opponent, but I’ve said it before, there is nothing too difficult for Galatasaray,” Aysal told GSTV.

“I’m happy for one thing, though, in that Turkish football fans will have the chance to spectate a Real Madrid game thanks to Galatasaray.

“We’ll do our best. We’ve already beaten them before. It will be a good experience. There’s nothing to fear.

“I trust our technical team and our players. We have to do the best we can, but I’m convinced that we will achieve great things together.”

Galatasaray saw off Schalke in the last 16, while Madrid overcame Manchester United to book their place in the quarter-finals of the competition.

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