Galatasaray fired up: Drogba ready
Galatasaray v Schalke 04: Ali Sami Stadium, 7.45pm Sky Sports 4:Galatasaray will be fired up by the arrival of Didier Drogba, last year’s Champions League hero, and Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder when they host struggling Schalke 04 tonight.
Drogba, who took the winning penalty for Chelsea in last season’s final, scored with a header five minutes into his Galatasaray debut on Friday, whetting the appetite of the 2000 Uefa Cup champions.
The Istanbul club’s confidence is running high after they won that game 2-1 against Akhisar Belediyespor, strengthening their lead at the top of the first division, which they lead by six points ahead of arch rivals Fenerbahce.
“It gave us a morale boost ahead of the Schalke game,” said Galatasaray manager Fatih Terim.
Schalke have been boosted by striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s recovery from an eye injury. “I feel 100 per cent again and am ready to play,” said the Dutch forward. His return could not have come at a better time for the club and coach Jens Keller, with Schalke in an extended rut with just one win in 11 games in the Bundesliga.