Galatasaray are a tricky side that many would have feared following a strong run in last year’s competition, but on the previous record between the two sides Juventus can go into their matches with the Turks with the confidence of having every chance of getting a result.
The spoils have been shared in their four meetings - one victory each and two draws - but the Bianconeri will be wary of a much improved Galatasary side over recent years.
Now based at the new 52,652 seater Turk Telecom Arena, Fatih Terim’s men enjoy the support of a fierce atmosphere created by a faithful that holds the Guinness World record for the loudest sports stadium crowd roar.
The Turkish side almost upset Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the competition last year after Emannuel Eboue, Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba saw them mount a comeback on Jose Mourinho’s side that left his men in shock and only just clinging on to their victory.
Antonio Conte will be keeping an eye on Drogba, whose extraordinary athleticism and physical presence see him remain a force to be reckoned with despite his advancing years. It was he who scored the penalty against Bayern Munich that saw Chelsea lift the Champions League trophy just two years ago.
One player who Juventus will be more than familiar with is Felipe Melo, who this summer sealed a permanent deal from the Bianconeri to the Turkish oufit.
Galatasaray have had success in European competition, winning an undefeated UEFA Cup (the first team in history to do so) in 2000, but have yet to advance past the semi-finals in the Champions League.
Juventus have never won away from home against them, so Conte will be out to exact revenge as manager for those disappointments suffered as a player.