Time to learn the players' names, says Mancini after draw

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) - Galatasaray coach Roberto Mancini will finally have a chance to get to know his players after his team's 2-2 Champions League draw with Juventus.

Former Manchester City manager Mancini was thrown in at the deep end after taking charge only two days before Wednesday's match in Turin.

"At the moment, I don't even know the names of my players," Mancini, appointed to replace Fatih Terim who was sacked last week by the Turkish champions, told reporters.

"I couldn't do much in two days apart from giving some logic to the team. Now I need to get to know them."

Mancini said he was knocked back by the performance of 35-year-old forward Didier Drogba, who scored the first goal and set up the late equaliser.

"Drogba has been incredible," he said. "I didn't expect a performance like that. He played alone in attack, in the home of Juventus; extraordinary."

He added: "In the first half we played well, but physically we struggled in the second. I don't think Juventus are at their best at the moment, although they could be soon, it's not unusual."

Mancini had been out of a job since being dismissed by the English club in May after his team were shocked by Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final and gave up their Premier League crown to Manchester United without much of a fight.

He spent 3-1/2 years at the Etihad Stadium, leading City to the Premier League title in 2012 and the FA Cup the previous year, bringing an end to the club's 35-year trophy drought. (Writing by Brian Homewood in Berne; Editing by Toby Davis)


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