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Terim wants positive Galatasaray

5 December 2012 00:29

Galatsaray coach Fatih Terim said he hopes his side doesn't have to rely on other results to reach the Champions League knockout stages.

Sitting in second spot heading into their final Group H game away to Braga on Wednesday, Terim said his side must go for broke to ensure their progress, rather than relying on the already-qualified Manchester United to beat CFR Cluj.

Cluj and Galatasaray are both level on seven points in the group, but the Turks sit above their Romanian counterparts on head-to-head records in the battle for second spot.

Terim said they must attempt to go for the full three points at the Estadio AXA in Braga, or risk losing their place in the last 16.

"Any of the teams could have gone through in this group," Terim told reporters.

"Braga's team were one of the strongest in the group, but football is like that and you can't always get results. We know they have quality and strength, so it will be a good game.

"We want to get through and therefore our body and soul will be on the pitch. We don't care about other results, we just want to get a good result here."

Despite urging his team to focus on a win, Terim did concede playing Braga in Portugal would be a difficult task.

He added: "For me, the best option is to get through - that's the important thing, whatever the result.

"Tomorrow's match will be much more difficult than in Istanbul, because Braga are playing at home so they have no pressure and they're playing for pride."

Regardless of their position at the bottom of Group H, Braga coach Jose Peseiro said the clash against Galatasaray was a must-win game to show why the Portuguese giants deserved their place in the competition.

"This game is important in every sense, financial and sporting," Peseiro said.

"Since we have failed in our objectives in the Champions League, we have to be good tomorrow. We have to win and show we have the class to be in this competition.

"We've shown it many times, but we had bad luck this time, although part of that was our fault."

Peseiro insisted that the elimination of his side should not be cause for brooding over their situation, and believes that the allure of a Champions League game should be enough to motivate his players.

"We can't go into this game thinking about what we could have done or how sad we are - we have to win first, then we can think about it," he said.

"We have to enjoy playing this game, because it's a Champions League match. Galatasaray play the kind of football I like - attractive and positive, they like to dominate a match.

"In Turkey, we were forced to retreat more than normal because they started really strong and attacking, just like we do, and that's what we will do in this game."

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