The signings of Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder have undoubtedly given this tie a degree of intrigue. Schalke were certainly pleased with the draw back in December, but a poor run of form and their opponent’s transfer activity has certainly dampened their confidence.
The Turkish side used a standard 4-4-2 system in the group stage but Fatih Terim has openly questioned how best to use his new stars, especially Sneijder, a playmaker that has become increasingly limited in his positioning. Galatasaray appear to have two options – slot Sneijder and Drogba into the side in place of forwards Burak Yilmaz and Umut Bulut to form a 4-4-1-1 shape, or sacrifice the wide midfielders in favour of a 4-3-1-2 system. Schalke will continue with a 4-2-3-1 system, but Jens Keller will hope that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar recovers from injury to lead the line to allow Jefferson Farfan to return to a right-sided role. The signing of Michel Bastos has allowed Julian Draxler to replace Lewis Holtby in the central playmaking position.
With Galatasaray’s approach so uncertain, both tactical options open to Terim will be analysed… (Read more)