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Wednesday, 5 April, 2000, 17:06 GMT 18:06 UK
Leeds aim to avoid Turkish roasting
Leeds
Leeds expect a hostile reception in Turkey
Uefa Cup semi final, first leg

Galatasaray v Leeds 1930 BST

Leeds travel to Turkey knowing that European glory may be their only chance of winning silverware this season.

David O'Leary's men face the Turkish First Division champions in the first leg of the semi-final of the Uefa Cup, on the back of a 1-0 defeat against Chelsea.

That result virtually ended their hopes of gaining any ground on runaway league leaders Manchester United, who increased their advantage at the top to 10 points.

A good result at the intimidating Sami Yen Din Stadium would go a long way to alleviating their recent mini-crisis in the Premiership.

And performances in Europe this season, particularly against Spartak Moscow and Roma, have suggested that they have more than a decent chance of gaining some Turkish delight.

Midfielder Jason Wilcox is certain that the performance against Chelsea was only a minor mishap, and that Leeds' season will be back on track again with a good display against Galatasaray.


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Wilcox hopes to erase the memory of Chelsea
"It's the worst we've played since I've been at the club. Now we have to get our chins up for what is a big game and get a good result in Turkey," said Wilcox.

"There is one thing for certain and that is we will be going all out to win because we've a great chance to reach the final.

"Everybody is saying we've had a good season, but in years to come it won't be talked about as a good one unless we win something. It will all be forgotten about."

Leeds captain Lucas Radebe knows that the Turkish side will not be pushovers and is more than aware of their 'Welcome to Hell' greeting for visting teams.

"We've experienced the passion and a great atmosphere having played in Rome this season. I can't imagine it being better than that - maybe worse," said Radebe.

"We're facing quality players, so it's going to be difficult to get a result.

"We've seen videos to give us an idea of what they are like."

Manager O'Leary is certain to employ three players at the centre of defence, which would mean a recall for Norwegian Alfie Haaland.

Striker Michael Bridges is fit again after shaking off an ankle knock which sidelined him for Saturday's defeat at Chelsea, and is likely to partner Harry Kewell in attack.

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