Not many people are giving Galatasaray much of a chance to get through to the next round of the Champions League. But it is precisely this reason that the Turkish giants may sneak in.
Galatasaray defeated Schalke in the last round of UCL to get through to the quarterfinals where the team will now face Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Madrid's focus this season has primarily been the Champions League title since La Liga rival Barcelona took firm control of the domestic league. But Galatasaray could snatch this away from Los Blancos if Fatih Terim's team plays its cards right.
Undoubtedly, the strength of Galatasaray lies with its attacking players. Didier Drogba, last year's Champions League hero, heads the attack, which also features Burak Yilmaz and Wesley Sneijder.
Yilmaz has been on fire this season. He is the Champions League joint leading scorer with eight goals. The other leading scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo, who he will play against later today.
Both Drogba and Sneijder are very dangerous players as well and much more well known, but the one to keep an eye on is definitely Yilmaz, who has attracted the attention of numerous big European clubs including Manchester United.
Iker Casillas is not expected to play today, even though he has been cleared. Diego Lopez will most likely start in goal. Galatasaray could take advantage of this, although Lopez has been playing well.
The back line may be something that Galatasaray could exploit with some of Madrid's players being a bit banged up.
This game will be hugely important for Real Madrid.
The first leg is being played in the Bernabeu. Should Jose Mourinho's men slip up at home, the effects could be detrimental to their UCL title hopes. Galatasaray is a very strong home team and could overcome a deficit, if it's not large enough, in its own stadium.
Fans of the Turkish team believe that their squad is capable of beating Real Madrid and moving on to the semifinals.
Some Galatasaray fans attacked Turkish TV station Beyaz on Tuesday morning after TV pundits suggested that Madrid will win the match today. They know that their team is capable of defeating the Spanish giants.
Mourinho is also aware of the threat that his opposition poses.
Real Madrid is not taking Galatasaray lightly. The Turkish side can pull an upset in Madrid and then go home to seal the deal. This may happen and it should not be a surprise if it does.