REAL PLAYERS UNWORRIED BY TURKISH HELL
By Luis Murillo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The two teams clash on Tuesday in the quarter finals of the competition and Conceicao is now back in contention for a first-team spot having recovered from his knee injury.
Turkish journalists asked Conceicao about the top striker in their league, with the Real star replying: "He is a great player and he was my team-mate at Gremio and Brazilian squad."
The international midfielder continued: "The most important thing is that I have returned to full fitness. I want to help the team and the coach knows it.
"I don't see weariness and me, of course, I am not tired."
This would seem to contradict what coach Vicente Del Bosque had warned about earlier in the day.
Geremi (pictured) returns to Turkey, the country where he initially came to the attention of the footballing world.
John Toshack scouted Geremi when he was Besiktas coach and took him to Real Madrid when the English manager moved to Spain.
Geremi said: "I played here [Turkey] two years ago and everybody knows how Galatasaray play in Istanbul.
"We will try to score, it would help us in Madrid. If we score I think we will advance to the semi-finals."
When asked about the intimidating atmosphere of the Ali Sami Yen stadium, Geremi said: "We don't worry about supporters. We are here to play."
Brazilian star Roberto Carlos has never played in Turkey, but is not afraid, saying: "When I knew we would play against Galatasaray, I knew the most important result would be the Santiago Bernabeu match.
"It would be okay to win in Turkey and to play calmer in Madrid. People speak about the Turkish hell, but there is another match in El Santiago Bernabeu."
The Real Madrid defender does not think this match is the same as the Supercup final, which saw Real Madrid beaten by Galatasaray in Monaco.
Roberto Carlos continued: "We were not good because it was the season's beginning. We don't want revenge. It's different because there are two matches."
Real have no real injury worries for the game and Fernando Morienties, who has been struggling with a groin strain , should be fit to parter Raul in attack.
Galatasaray coach Mirceau Lucescu believes his team can repeat the success of their Super Cup win and bring a lead into the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu in two weeks.
"Our biggest weapon is that we're not afraid of Real Madrid," said Lucescu.
"Other teams go into matches with them afraid and come out losing 1-0. We're the side with the upper hand psychologically in this match."
Lucescu's men warmed up for the match with a 2-0 win over Besiktas in a league game on Saturday with Serkan and Mario Jardel scoring while Madrid struggled to a 1-0 win over struggling Numancia with a goal from Luis Figo.
The Romanian coach will also be hoping that some of hiis injured stars will recover in time to offset the loss of attacking midfielder Emre Belozoglu, who is sidelined with a leg injury.
Captain Bulent Korkmaz, winger Hasan Sas and sweeper Gheorghe Popescu are expected to shake off nagging injuries to play and veteran mercurial playmaker Gheorghe Hagi is free to play despite serving a six match domestic suspension.