UEFA Cup: It Will Not Be Easy for Galatasaray

AHMET BOB TURGUTCorrespondent IMarch 18, 2009

The second leg match of the UEFA Cup round 16 will take place in one of the nosiest stadiums in the world: Ali Samiyen Stadium.

That is were Galatasaray fans cheer "Welcome to Hell."

Well, the 12th man might be ready for this match, but Galatasaray is like a nursing home! They have a lot of players who are injured and suspended for this match.

On defense that includes Servet, Emre Gungor, and Emre Asik, who is serving suspension for this match against Hamburg.

The latest news from Galatasaray is that Arda, who was injured in the league match against Trabzonspor, most likely will not play in this match.

Most likely the rookie coach Bulent Korkmaz will use Mehmet Topal in the midfield along with Lincoln.

Bulent Korkmaz, after the sideline incident in the first match against Hamburg in Germany, punished Lincoln and did not play him against Trabzonspor in the Turkcell Super League match last weekend.

After the match, he said he is saving Lincoln for the Hamburg match. This is nonsense, in my opinion. Why would you save the player that you took out of the first match?

On the other hand, Hamburg will be without Mladen Petric, and this team is also not in full force. They will be without Bastian Reinhardt, Thimothée Atouba, Romeo Castelen, and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

Hamburg coach Martin Jol said, "It will be hard to win in Istanbul, but it is doable."

So, Galatasaray might have the edge in this match, but don't count out the Hamburg team just yet.

Galatasaray coach Bulent Korkmaz said at the press conference that although they are missing a lot of players, if they play like a team they should win this match.

He said they want to play the finals in the Fenerbahce, Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, and went on to say, "We have to show we are a total team in this match."