Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has said tonight’s Champions League match against Galatasaray will be a test of character for his team.
Los Blancos return to the Ali Sami Yen stadium where they lost the first leg in the quarter final of last year’s competition before ensuring qualification to the semi final at the Santiago Bernabeu.
With the likes of Didier Drogba, Emmanuel Eboue, and former Real player Wesley Sneijder among their ranks, Ancelotti warned his players it will be a difficult game.
“We’ll need skill and courage because we’re playing in an atmosphere that helps the home team a lot. We’ll come out to win and it will be a really good test to demonstrate the team’s character. It’s the most important competition in the world and everyone wants to win it,” he said.
The Italian also spoke for the first time since Cristiano Ronaldo signed his new deal at the club, and he claimed the news has given everyone a boost.
He said: “It’s great news for madridistas because Real Madrid will have the most important player in the world for years to come. Cristiano Ronaldo will be more motivated because of it. I hope that his performance is the same as in past years. The goal is to play well, win and improve the quality of the game.”