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Hope springs eternal for Galatasaray's Melo

Published: Thursday 4 April 2013, 7.51CET
Talking to UEFA.com after the 3-0 defeat by Real Madrid CF, Galatasaray AȘ's Felipe Melo refused to give up hope of a dramatic comeback in Istanbul next Tuesday.
by Paul Bryan & Roberto Hernández
from Santiago Bernabéu
Published: Thursday 4 April 2013, 7.51CET

Hope springs eternal for Galatasaray's Melo

Talking to UEFA.com after the 3-0 defeat by Real Madrid CF, Galatasaray AȘ's Felipe Melo refused to give up hope of a dramatic comeback in Istanbul next Tuesday.

Despite going into last night's quarter-final first leg at Real Madrid CF having won their previous three away games in the UEFA Champions League, Galatasaray AȘ midfielder Felipe Melo told UEFA.com that a lack of concentration had contributed to bringing that run to an end in such devastating fashion. A 3-0 reverse would leave many teams feeling forlorn but defender Emmanuel Eboué added that the Turkish side would stick to their attacking principles in Istanbul next Tuesday.

Felipe Melo, Galatasaray midfielder

I was hoping we'd score goals here. We had two really great chances but we couldn't put either of them away. We are leaving here feeling down as 3-0 is a tough result. Madrid are one of the strongest teams in the world. It's not just that they were particularly strong tonight, they always are. That said, we needed to concentrate a bit more.

The return game will be just as hard. Being three goals behind means we must go all out and that will mean leaving spaces in which they can play. Nothing is impossible in football, though. As long as there is a chance, I will always believe. Prior to tonight we had a 50% chance of getting through. That's down to 10% now. If we are to go out at home, let's look to do it with our heads held high.   

Emmanuel Eboué, Galatasaray defender

Obviously the return match is going to be difficult with us 3-0 down. We will continue to have faith though. We play in a style that the club believes in and we came here with the aim of scoring a goal. We will now concentrate on the Turkish league and see about the Madrid game afterwards.

Last updated: 04/04/13 21.15CET

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