Terim: Even a six-year-old knows how Real Madrid play

The Galatasaray boss believes it is pointless to analyse los Blancos’ style of play, warning against the “embarrassment of riches” at Jose Mourinho’s disposal

Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim has claimed “even a six-year-old” is aware of how Real Madrid play, stressing that there is little point in focusing on the Liga champions’ tactics.

The Super Lig leaders face los Blancos in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday night, and although Terim admits he has studied fastidiously any recent footage of Jose Mourinho’s side, he maintains everyone knows what to expect from them.

“There’s not much point talking about Real Madrid. Everyone knows what they’re about. Even a six-year-old knows how Real plays,” Terim told Marca.com.

“I always watch Real Madrid – it’s the smartest way to keep improving as a coach. I never miss any. In the last week alone, I’ve watched six or seven videos.”

Terim, who also went to watch los Blancos in action against Real Mallorca, insists he intends to “play the right way” despite the formidable strength in depth of their opponents.

“I saw a team that was much better than Mallorca. A cut above. They have an embarrassment of riches at the back, in midfield and up front,” he continued.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun. Even if I lose, I intend to play the right way. If we give a good account of ourselves at the [Santiago] Bernabeu, I’ll be proud of my players.

Terim also lamented that Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder may not be fully fit for the clash, highlighting the match-winning abilities of the former Chelsea striker.

“Drogba is a very special player, capable of proving his greatness at any moment” he added. “Granted, it’s not ideal that he and Sneijder were out of action for so long. I’d love for them to be 100 per cent.”

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