Galatasaray vs Chelsea FC

Galatasaray has some weak spots with Telles and Hajrovic among their star squad led by Sneijder. Mourinho says he thinks Drogba is the best striker in the world, but that must have been the Drogba 5 years ago. Today he still has a good rating of 110, but that is hardly scary.


PlayerGoalimpactPeak GIAgeTeamNo. GamesNo. Minutes
Fernando Muslera107.9107.927.7Uruguay24923215
Alex Telles92.6114.821.2393554
Aurelien Chedjou111.7116.428.6Kamerun22318646
Hakan Balta113.2124.930.8Türkei27824137
Emmanuel Eboué128.9139.230.7Elfenbeinküste38029243
Felipe Melo102.4112.230.6Brasilien32526736
Selçuk Inan116.6121.529.0Türkei29225705
Wesley Sneijder141.2146.529.7Niederlande43333171
Izet Hajrovic98.2111.222.5Bosnien-Herzegowina1056620
Didier Drogba109.8158.935.9Elfenbeinküste53842103
Burak Yilmaz108.7113.428.6Türkei25019017
Ufuk Ceylan86.186.127.4454137
Ceyhun Gülselam112.9113.226.1Türkei17710256
Semih Kaya111.7122.522.9Türkei998892
Sabri Sarioglu105.6110.829.5Türkei33824674
Yekta Kurtulus91.695.928.2Türkei1016664
Emre Çolak106.3118.322.7Türkei1005455
Umut Bulut100.9112.730.9Türkei36427364

Chelsea FC

PlayerGoalimpactPeak GIAgeTeamNo. GamesNo. Minutes
Petr Cech158.3158.331.7Tschechien62057678
Branislav Ivanovic128.0133.529.9Serbien33929579
Gary Cahill108.6112.928.1England32629704
John Terry158.1184.433.2England65058226
Frank Lampard125.6172.035.6England86273709
Eden Hazard130.3140.423.1Belgien29020957
Willian140.8142.325.5Brasilien [U20]25718938
Fernando Torres134.2139.629.8Spanien54141415
André Schürrle119.7129.123.3Deutschland21315802
Mark Schwarzer117.0117.041.3Australien68564006
Ashley Cole148.1174.333.1England62155520
Tomáš Kalas106.1131.520.8Tschechien [U21]907882
John Mikel122.0123.626.8Nigeria33925099
Demba Ba113.2117.928.7Senegal23117602
Samuel Eto'o121.0145.932.9Kamerun63554130

Schalke vs. Galatasaray Preview

Tonight FC Schalke 04 will host the Champions League game against Galatasaray Istanbul. Given the 1:1 in the first leg, chances are with Schalke to advance. Here is the probable starting XI of Schalke.

                                                  Hildebrand (121.3)

        Uchida (126.4)    Höwedes (128.0)    Matip (117.8) Kolasinac (126.7)

                                   Höger (112.0)       Neustädter (109.5)

                      Farfan (137.4)        Draxler (128.4)    Bastos (118.1)

                                                Pukki (110.0)

Subs: Fuchs (107.7), Obasi (114.5), Meyer (121.2), Klingenburg (120.4)

Schalke has a sound, though not world-class, defense. Its offensive capabilities are reduced by the injury of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (143.0). His replacement Pukki doesn't have the same quality. He is also a rather small player so high balls to the box will not be of much value.

Schalke's wing forwards are strong. Especially Farfan will cause some headache to Galatasaray's defense as he will have support by Uchida. Bastos is also a strong forward, but the young talent Kolasinac is unlikely to play very high. As a trained central-back he will show strong defense, but will not take part in attacks.

The other guy to watch out for is Draxler. He completed 100 games in Bundesliga already although he is just 19. As one of the biggest talents in Germany he recently started playing the 10 and did so remarkably well.

Sead Kolasinac's breakthrough?

Just a short notice on yesterday's game between Galatasaray Istanbul and FC Schalke 04 that ended 1:1 in Turkey. While Schalke had suffered some bad performance lately, it was still ranked as the 18th best team in the world according to GoalImpact. Ten ranks higher than Galatasaray.

According to the German online news portal, Sead Kolasinac contributed to Schalkes good performance. The 19 year old talent played instead of Christian Fuchs as left defender. Not sure if Schalke's trainer Keller is reading, but if he did he would have found support that this is a good move. Kolasinac is listed in Schalke's team roster second most efficient defender with a GoalImpact of 126.7, while Fuchs only has a mediocre 107.7.

Kolasinac is a trained centre-back. However he played left-back yesterday and did a good job. If he can maintain his GoalImpact on this position (and that will take some time to verify), he's a candidate for the German national team on that position as good left-backs are scarce in Germany and thus competition is low.