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'Excellent' Galatasaray get Terim endorsement

Published: Tuesday 12 March 2013, 23.53CET
Galatasaray AŞ played like an "excellent European team in the first half" at FC Schalke 04, said Fatih Terim, as he savoured Cimbom's first quarter-final qualification since 2001.

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Published: Tuesday 12 March 2013, 23.53CET

'Excellent' Galatasaray get Terim endorsement

Galatasaray AŞ played like an "excellent European team in the first half" at FC Schalke 04, said Fatih Terim, as he savoured Cimbom's first quarter-final qualification since 2001.

Jens Keller, Schalke coach
I have no explanation for the first-half performance. We played like we were doing a couple of weeks ago, without the necessary aggression, and everyone put in maybe 10% less than what was needed. We were not proactive and focused enough – we allowed them too much space. In the second half we dealt with them much better. They played with a diamond in midfield and that had surprised us. We then coped with the challenge much better. You must not forget that some of our players were sidelined today. The second half was really strong and there is no reason to be depressed now.

Fatih Terim, Galatasaray coach
Now we're among the best eight teams in Europe. All Turkey and Galatasaray fans should enjoy this success. I would like to thank all the fans for making sacrifices to come to Germany and watch us. I want to congratulate all my players – I will hug and kiss them all. Players sometimes known for their limited movement and tackling ability were transformed in this game and fought for the team on the pitch. We played like an excellent European team in the first half. Before we conceded the [first] goal, we had three clear chances to score.

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