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FCK's Solbakken expects close Galatasaray match

Ståle Solbakken predicts a "tight affair with few chances" as FC København host a Galatasaray AŞ side deprived of Wesley Sneijder and goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

FCK's Solbakken expects close Galatasaray match
FCK's Solbakken expects close Galatasaray match ©UEFA.com

FC København coach Ståle Solbakken is anticipating a game decided by slender margins when his team host Galatasaray AŞ in UEFA Champions League Group B. 

The Danish title holders – bottom of the section with one point – were overwhelmed 3-1 in Istanbul on matchday three and must stay on their guard to avoid a similar fate according to Solbakken. His counterpart Roberto Mancini, meanwhile, declared that "anything is possible" with his injury-depleted side two points clear of Juventus in the race for second.

• FCK will exit the competition with a defeat.

Ståle Solbakken, coach
I am certain the game will be a tight affair with few chances for either side. I will be extremely disappointed if there is a significant gulf in class between the two teams as there was in Istanbul. Galatasaray's first-half performance was the best I've seen them play this season. In Istanbul, the first 20 to 25 minutes killed us. We surrendered possession in dangerous areas. That is now in the past, however, and we need to get back to what we do best. 

A few players may be asked to play in different positions tomorrow. The formation is something I will sleep on. Maybe a player will score in my dreams and therefore start, or I'll have a nightmare and he will be on the bench. Losing [Wesley] Sneijder is a big blow for them, but I watched their last match and they did very well after he went off. We need to concentrate on our own game and be disciplined in defence.

Weekend result
Saturday: København 4-0 FC Nordsjælland (Vetokele 52 56, Jørgensen 67p 72)
Wiland, Jacobsen, Sigurdsson, Mellberg, Bengtsson, Delaney, Claudemir, Gislason (Bolaños 73), Braaten (Toutouh 73), Vetokele (Santin 79), Jørgensen.

• Solbakken's charges strolled to a commanding win to climb into fourth in Denmark's Super League yet remain seven points shy of leaders FC Midtjylland.

Team news
Coach Solbakken has a full complement of players at his disposal.

Roberto Mancini, coach
Tomorrow's match will be very difficult for us. København have a good coach in Solbakken. We were in a difficult position following the 6-1 defeat against Real Madrid [on matchday one] but now we are alive. This is a tough group but anything is possible. Eray İşcan is a young goalkeeper but I trust him, as I do all my players.

It will be a different game from the one in Istanbul because København are strong at home. I have been here for five weeks and it's impossible to change everything in such a short period of time. I am very happy with my players, who are working hard and improving all the time. Juventus and Real Madrid are favourites to progress but I believe we can go through.

Weekend result
Friday: Galatasaray 2-1 Konyaspor (Drogba 45, Burak 67; Recep 16)
Muslera; Sabri, Chedjou, Semih, Eboué; Burak, Melo, Selçuk, Sneijder (Emre 8) (Ceyhun 88); Drogba, Umut (Aydın 62).

• Burak Yılmaz scored his 99th Super League goal for Cimbom as they gained their first Friday win of the season. Coach Mancini has fielded a different defensive quartet in every match since taking charge.

Team news
Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera (broken toe) and midfielder Sneijder (thigh) both sustained injuries on Friday and will play no part in Copenhagen. Eray, who underwent a knee operation last September, will deputise for Muslera. Aurélien Chedjou will undergo a late fitness test, but Hakan Balta (knee), Gökhan Zan (thigh) and Ufuk Ceylan (groin) remain on the treatment table.

Match fact
• FCK are unbeaten at home in the group stage, recording four wins and three draws to date. However, Galatasaray are returning to the stadium where they beat Arsenal FC on penalties to win the 2000 UEFA Cup.

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