Former Manchester City boss faces Juventus in first game in charge.
New Galatasaray boss Roberto Mancini has revealed that he is delighted with the chance to coach the Turkish giants, and it is a “happy coincidence” his first game in charge will be against Juventus.
The former Fiorentina, Lazio and Inter Milan boss returns to management after being sacked by Manchester City last season, and has chosen Turkey as his next destination.
However, after having his appointment officially confirmed on Monday night, his first game in charge will be against reigning Serie A champions Juventus in Turin.
Nevertheless, Mancini is excited by the prospect of coaching another big club, and believes it is a great challenge for him to prepare his side for the Champions League tie after just one day at the helm.
“It is a happy coincidence to meet the Bianconeri first and it is a great challenge to prepare for this game in just one day,” Mancini told the Corriere dello Sport as reported by Football Italia.
“I am happy with the choice I made, as the atmosphere is different here in Istanbul. It’s a wonderful and intriguing challenge for me at a big club. I am convinced this was the right choice.”
Mancini signed a three-year contract to replace Fatih Terim, which arguably ends speculation linking him with the Italy job next summer.
It is has been widely reported that Cesare Prandelli will likely step down after the World Cup, with Mancini amongst the contenders to replace him.
Prior to signing the deal with Gala, there were rumours that the Italian coach would request a clause which would allow him to manage the Azzurri if the role became available, but no such details have been confirmed.