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Champions League Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Galatasaray

Valerio Pennicino

There can be some common points found between last year's Champions League campaign and the current one. There was a draw. There was a final result in Denmark that frustrated the hell out of us all.

And now, just like last year, a club from the outskirts of UEFA — this time, it's commonly known as 'Turkey' — arrives at Juventus Stadium looking to get an early advantage on one of their competitors heading into the middle part of the group stage schedule.

It's Juventus vs. Galatasaray. It's the return of Roberto Mancini to Italy. It's Felipe Melo's homecoming, too, you guys. We should be celebrating such an extraordinary day with parades and streamers throughout the stadio. Or, Juventus can show Roberto Mancini what he's missing in Italy and say hello to an old "friend" by making his first visit to Turin in years an unpleasant one.

Yeah, I like that second idea a lot better than the first one. I should really write these down somewhere.

Right, back to what's actually important.

So maybe not everything is like a year ago. I mean, instead of having back-to-back games with the team predicted to finish bottom of the group table like was the case last season, Juventus have two straight group games with Real Madrid. So yeah, I'd say Galatasaray's visit to Turin is a wee bit important.


Juventus XI (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah; Vucinic, Tevez

Juventus bench: Storari, Ogbonna, Peluso, Isla, Marchisio, Llorente, Quagliarella

Galatasaray XI (4-2-3-1): Muslera; Riera, Chedjou, Semih Kaya, Eboue; Felipe Melo, Selcuk Inan; Bruma, Sneijder, Hakan Balta; Drogba

Galatasaray bench: Ufuk Ceylan, Gokhan Zan, Sabri Sanoglu, Engin Baytar, Burak Yilmaz, Umut Bulut, Amrabat