Galatasaray head to Turin to battle Juventus in Group B of the Champions League hoping the appointment of former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will change their slumping fortunes.
The Turkish club are 19/2 outsiders to pick up the victory having won just one game all season while Antonio Conte’s side are 5/19 favourites with the draw priced at 9/2.
Any thoughts of “new manager syndrome”, where the hiring of a new supremo radically improves the fortunes of a struggling side, striking down the Italian club should be cast aside however.
Mancini doesn’t have an instant impact at his new clubs
It was only at the dawn of his City career where Mancini managed to hit the ground running. Sven-Goran Eriksson’s former number two won his first three games there but generally takes a while to get up to speed at new clubs.
In his three assignments prior to his Etihad stint he failed to win any of his first games in charge, at Fiorentina, Lazio and Inter Milan. He was also winless in his first five games with Viola and only won two of his first 13 league games with Inter.
The mop-haired boss has a sorry record against Juventus as a manager
Mancini’s last two games against Juventus came in the Europa League during his first full term with City and he could only mastermind a pair of 1-1 stalemates. His overall record as a technical area patroller against The Old Lady leaves a lot to be desired too, winning just five of his 18 total meetings. In Turin, Carlos Tevez’ biggest fan has claimed victory just three times in seven visits.
Having spent just one day with the side, Mancini admits he has no clue how to set them up
The famous form-injecting syndrome would have had a better chance of taking its toll had the Italian been in place for longer in Turkey, however he has only had the luxury of one light training session with his new charges before departing for Italy.
Speaking before the match, Mancini said “I’m lucky we have a break after our next fixture so I’ll have time to get to know the team. As for the tactics, not even I know yet how we’ll play.”