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Preview: Galatasaray v Anderlecht

Cesare Prandelli is looking forward to the "fascinating atmosphere" of a Galatasaray AŞ European home tie, with RSC Anderlecht coach Besnik Hasi cautiously optimistic.

Galatasaray boss Cesare Prandelli faces the media on Monday
Galatasaray boss Cesare Prandelli faces the media on Monday ©AFP/Getty Images

Cesare Prandelli's first European home game as Galatasaray coach
The former Italy coach says Wesley Sneijder is slowly returning to his best
Anderlecht have won one of their last four fixtures in all competitions
Silvio Proto and Fabrice N'Sakala are both suspended for the visitors
Prandelli refuses to label Anderlecht the "weakest team" in Group D

Possible lineups
Galatasaray: Muslera; Tarık Çamdal, Semih Kaya, Chedjou, Alex Telles; Dzemaili, Felipe Melo; Pandev, Selçuk İnan, Sneijder; Burak.

Anderlecht: Roef; Deschacht, Nuytinck, Mbemba, Colin; Defour, Tielemans; Najar, Praet, Acheampong; Mitrović.
Out: Silvio Proto (suspended), Fabrice N'Sakala (suspended), Anthony Vanden Borre (calf)

Cesare Prandelli, Galatasaray coach
We'll play against a well-organised, very young and interesting team. They will be keen to impress, so we need to be careful. We'll try to get three points with the help of our fans. Before coming here, I knew how nice the stadium was and all about its unique atmosphere. We can't choose between success in Europe or in the Turkish Super League because we are Galatasaray – we will go from game to game.

[Wesley] Sneijder is one of the most important players at Galatasaray and has a lot of quality. He played to a high level at the World Cup and wasn't able to join our preparations immediately after the tournament. We've had to prepare him gradually to help him to recover his best form.

Let's not refer to Anderlecht as the weakest team in the group; let's say the youngest. Just because they've played more matches than us [this season], we don't fear them. It will be important how we play tomorrow as we are not yet completely aware of our quality. When we manage to do that, everybody will see it.

Anderlecht coach Besnik Hasi
Anderlecht coach Besnik Hasi©Getty Images

Besnik Hasi, Anderlecht coach
We have a young, ambitious and talented team, we have new signings. The opposition we are playing are very powerful both in defence and attack. We are playing in the Champions League against a team like Galatasaray.

Ambition and determination to win are very important. The Champions League requires that and every player should be aware of this. We haven't come here just to defend. We'll try to show our own tactics on the pitch as much as we can. We'll try to play in the way we do in the domestic league, be influential in attack and have possession.

Our chance of getting points depends on tactics – if we play our own game, why not?

Weekend results
Galatasaray 0-0 Eskişehirspor
K. Lierse SK 2-2 Anderlecht (Wanderson 44, Ngawa 90+3; Acheampong 50, Cyriac 84)

Form guide (all competitions)
Galatasaray: DWD
Anderlecht: DDWDWW

Match facts
• Who were Anderlecht's opponents when they recorded their most recent away win in the competition proper, in 2005/06? Find out in our extensive match background.

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