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Sneijder content with last-eight berth

14 March 2013 00:48

Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder says reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League is an achievement in itself for his side.

The Netherlands international believes the Turkish champions, who knocked out Schalke in the last 16, can be satisfied with their European campaign even if they bow out in the next round, which will be drawn on Friday.

"We are in the last eight and that's already a big thing," the former Ajax and Inter star told Sky.

Galatasaray won the UEFA Cup in 2000 but have never tasted glory in Europe's premier club competition despite regularly contesting the early rounds.

Sneijder lifted the trophy with Inter in 2010 but played down his new team's chances of progressing beyond the quarter-finals.

"We'll have to wait for the draw but it will be difficult whoever we play, so I don't want to say that I would prefer this one or that one," he said.

"(All the teams Galatasaray might face) would be difficult, but it's already a pleasure to be in the last eight."

Sneijder credited Galatasaray's passionate fans for carrying them through a seesaw tie with Schalke in the round of 16.

He added: "We have spectators all over the world and they always support us, they are amazing. The best fans in the world."

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