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Atletico Madrid players are put through their paces during a training session ahead of their Champions League encounter against GalatasarayReuters

Galatasaray will bank on the intimidating home atmosphere when they face Atletico Madrid in their Group C UEFA Champions League opener on Tuesday.

Atletico, the 2014 runners-up, will go into this match as the favourites, but as many teams have found out in the past, coming away from Istanbul with a positive result is easier said than done.

"Atletico Madrid are the favourites, but favourites don't always win," Galatasaray manager Hamza Hamzaoglu told UEFA's official website. "We have been watching them over the last few years. I respect [Atletico coach] Diego Simeone, whose successes in recent years have been exceptional."

You always feel Atletico, the way they are usually setup by Simeone, are at their best when playing away from home, proven by the fact that they have lost just one of their last six away matches in Europe.

Atletico Madrid have more than enough ammunition on the attacking front to damage the Galatasaray defence, and spaces might open up considerably on the counter-attack, if the home team, as Hamzaoglu promised, play their forward-thinking game.

"Our aim is to move the ball quickly in our opponents' half and to keep up the pressure," he added. "That's why we create a lot of chances and give a few chances away too.

"If keep playing like this, we are sure that we'll get good results, and I can guarantee we will continue to play this way."

Simeone's biggest challenge for this match will be to rouse his team, who will be without Filipe Luis, after a disappointing loss to Barcelona at the weekend. Fernando Torres opened the scoring for Atletico, only for the home team to let the lead slip with Neymar equalising from a freekick, before that man Lionel Messi scored the winner off a Luis Suarez assist.

The best way to move on from that La Liga loss will be to start this new Champions League campaign with a win over Galatasaray, who will be without Hamit Altintop and Aurelien Chendjou. "It is a very important and difficult competition, and it is hard to ever say which team are favourites," Simeone said. "In front of a crowd of 55,000 I don't think we can describe ourselves as favourites here.

"Galatasaray have effective attacking weapons but we absolutely think we can take advantage of their weaknesses. In the first few minutes we will try to play aggressively, hard but fair. We will try to control the game."

Where to Watch Live

Atletico Madrid vs Galatasaray is set to begin at 12.15 am IST (8.45 pm CET, 7.45 pm BST, 2.45 pm ET). There will be no live coverage of the match on TV, but viewers in India can watch all the match action live online on Ten Sports Live.

Viewers in UK can watch the Champions League game live on BT Sport Extra, while the match can also be watched via live streaming online on Watch BT Sport and the BT Sport app.

US viewers can watch Galatasaray vs Atletico Madrid live on Fox Sports and ESPN 3, while the match can also be live streamed online on FoxSoccer2Go and Watch ESPN.

Bein Sports and Bein Sports Connect will show this UEFA Champions League match live in Australia, Middle East and North Africa and France.

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