Galatasaray enjoyed a successful Champions League campaign this season after reaching the quarter-finals only to be knocked out by Real Madrid. 

However, the Turkish giants can only improve and come back better next season to perhaps cherish further success in the tournament.

Despite reaching the stage they did, Galatasaray’s defence had been shaky throughout the entire campaign in Europe. Not in terms of the amount of goals conceded, but the nature of the goals allowed. 

By watching all 14 goals conceded, which included six from the group stage, almost the entirety of those involved defensive errors, which led to simple goals for the opposition.

High lines from the back four granted quick and efficient counter attacks. The inability to avert danger in set pieces was also dreadful at times. Fernando Muslera was a major factor in keeping out what could've been an embarrassing amount of goals.

With players like John Terry and Kolo Toure both linked to a move to the Turk Telekom Arena, Galatasaray's defensive structure may well and truly be boosted come next season.

Additionally, Felipe Melo's loan is on the verge of expiring. If the club decide not to pay the transfer fee for the Brazilian, perhaps a much more defensive minded midfielder could be purchased who can also benefit this aspect of their game.

Another feature, which had thought to be missing, was any kind of pace towards the end of their tournament. Nordin Amrabat started four games throughout the group phase but never during the knockout stage. 

This was due to the arrivals of Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder. Whether it was from the first whistle or off the bench, whenever the Morroco international featured, he always looked dangerous. He recorded three assists during the season in the Champions league. 

Hamit Altintop started nine of the ten games on the right hand side. The 30-year-old isn't known to be a pacey winger. Therefore, a quick and sharp right-winger with flair would abide well in this side. 

One right-sided player linked with the Lions is Arsenal's Gervinho who would add an extra element for the Super Lig leaders.

Galatasaray stand seven points clear of their local rivals Fenerbahce with just four games remaining. 

Despite a fixture to be played between the two in just under three weeks, the Yellow and Reds can seal the title with two wins in as many matches.


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