Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini has declared that his men's sole concern is overcoming Juventus tomorrow night in the Champions League Group B match they must win at all costs.
Having only met up with his players two days before last playing Juventus in the Champions League on 2 October, it was perhaps understandably difficult for the 49-year-old to formulate a focused vision for the challenge that faced him at Juventus Stadium.
But the Italian tactician’s objective this time around is as clear as day: victory.
Nothing but three points will do for Galatasaray at the Turk Telekom Arena if they are to secure the second qualification spot currently held by Antonio Conte’s men, a situation Mancini understands full well.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, he began: “Unfortunately two out of three outcomes would see Juventus profit, so they have the advantage, but they won’t have Pirlo and his absence will weaken them a fair bit. We’ll have to take advantage of that.
“It will be difficult for both teams, and we’ll have to be careful not to concede.”
Both of tomorrow night’s competitors are at the top of their game in their respective domestic leagues, a factor which Mancini believes will provide for a close match-up.
“The strongest teams in Italy and Turkey are going head-to-head, we’ll see who fares better. Juve are perhaps enjoying a better spell than us, but we’ll do everything to win.”