Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 4/2/13
Galatasaray travel to Real Madrid for the first leg of their Champions League last-eight tie, 12 years to the day since the Turkish club faced the same opposition on their last quarter-final appearance in the competition. Galatasaray should take confidence from successive away victories against Cluj, SC Braga and Schalke 04 in this season's European campaign but Real present their toughest challenge yet, particularly at the Bernabeu. Madrid have won 13, and lost one, of 16 European home fixtures since the appointment of Jose Mourinho. The Madrid boss will field his strongest side on Wednesday, having rested the likes of Xabi Alonso, Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria at the weekend. Raphael Varane and Fabio Coentrao are also expected to return after missing the 1-1 draw with Real Zaragoza with slight muscle injuries. But goalkeeper Iker Casillas will only be on the bench, despite recovering from a hand injury, meaning Diego Lopez will start in net. While Real have been eliminated i...
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