Saturday October 5 2013
Mancini: 'Why I chose Galatasaray'

Roberto Mancini assures he didn’t join Galatasaray “for the money,” and admitted to a bit of luck against Juventus.

The Coach was drafted in to replace Fatih Terim on Monday and made his debut on Wednesday in a 2-2 Champions League draw in Turin.

“People in Italy always think I only went to Istanbul for the money,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Aside from the fact contracts are part of our profession, I accepted the proposal because Galatasaray are a prestigious club taking part in the Champions League with a strong history.

“I am also fascinated by the idea of a new experience in a country that is a bridge between Europe and Asia. Turkey is a nation with a fast-developing economy and a history going back millennia.”

The former Inter and Manchester City Coach surprised many with a 2-2 draw at the Juventus Stadium.

“We were in part lucky, but the players put themselves at my disposal straight away. There are famous champions here and we can play good football.

“After conceding six against Real Madrid, something had to be modified, so we were more attentive in defence.

“Didier Drogba has much still to give and working the right way everyone can give an important contribution to the side. Wesley Sneijder had fitness problems recently, but he too did well in Turin.

“Juve are always Juve. They are a very strong team, but happened to meet a highly motivated Galatasaray side fresh from a change of management.

“I am sure their two games against Real Madrid will be absolutely spectacular, but they also give us the chance to get back into the race for qualification.”

Real Madrid are also coached by an Italian, Carlo Ancelotti, so Mancini is proud to be part of this movement.

“The number of Italian Coaches in top positions shows that perhaps we have the best tactical schooling in the world. When I am abroad, I feel the pride of being Italian. We have many problems in this country, but Italy is always Italy.”

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