Galatasaray have played in Turin against Juventus twice before, and both of those occasions at the Stadio delle Alpi definitely delivered on excitement.
The first meeting was the opening game of the 1998/99 Champions League, a season in which the Bianconeri would eventually reach the semi-finals.
Marcello Lippi put out a strong team that included Didier Deschamps, Edgar Davids, Filippo Inzaghi and Alessandro Del Piero, but it was a difficult evening for Juventus in truth.
One of the most breathtaking goals of Inzaghi’s career – a wonderful overhead kick on the turn from distance – meant the Bianconeri started well, but the dismissal of Angelo Peruzzi severely complicated things.
A man down for the best part of an hour, Juve were unable to hold off the Turks’ pressure, and Hakan Sukur restored parity. Things got worse when Umit Davala (now Galatasaray’s assistant manager) put the visitors in front, but with Juve needing a heroic recovery, Alessandro Birindelli rose to the challenge with a powerful header into the back of the Galatasaray net from a free kick.
The two sides came together for a second time at the Stadio delle Alpi in 2003/04 , when their clash once again began the season’s European campaign.
And just like five years previously, it was a touchline battle between Lippi and opposition manager Fatih Terim. The Italian did as before and sent out a strong line-up, including current captain Gigi Buffon, but it was again Hakan Sukur who proved Juve’s foil.
The all-time Turkish Super Lig top scorer got the goal for the visitors, but it was in vain because of the brilliance of Del Piero, who stuck away two stunning strikes either side of Sukur’s equaliser to secure the Bianconeri’s first three European points that year.