Galatasaray vs Fenerbahce by Foxserkan
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Galatasaray is the league champions and they want to make an impact by lifting this trophy as well. Galatasaray, except the last 2 friendly matches did not play with important clubs in the preparation period. They managed to defeat both Lazio and Fierontina in the last 2 matches in Turkey. IMO Galatasaray reinforced their squad with such new players like Hamit (Real Madrid), Amrabat (Morrocco national), Melo (loan from Juventus) , Burak (Top scorer of last year), and Umut (loan fromToluse). They have many strikers currently and these are Burak, Umut, Milan Baros and Sercan. Bad news is Burak is suspended but as I said they have more than enough to replace him except Baros who is not taken to Erzurum. Like a fresh gel on the hair which needs to dry they need time to play with maximum efficiency as some players are new to the team even they all have big potentials. Bad news for Galatasaray is veteran defender Ujfalusi and new striker who was last season’s top scorer of both Super league and Trabzonspor are suspended.
We watched completely 2 different Fenerbahce in 2 European matches that they played against Vaslui. In the first leg they could not even create chances and could hardly forward the ball. They had no link between midfield players and their defense was giving SOS. But in the second leg Selcuk, Baroni, Topuz and Caner dominated the midfield very well and the tactic of Aykut Kocaman worked well which reflected to the score of 1-4 away win. Another interesting new try was Alex with Kuyt who complied and matched each other good enough to increase the goal number. But I can not ignore the goal keeper Volkan who saved a penalty during the second half while the score was 1-1. If he could not save it than the score was going to be 2-1 and things would really be interesting for Fenerbahce. An other thing is the mistakes of defense were also repeated in the second leg as new defender Egemen and Bekir are not playing in harmony yet and they need time. Actually Fenerbahce brought Yobo from Premier league who was a loan last season as the management understood that they can not ignore the gap in that position which was vital. It is excepted that Yobo to start in first 11 with Egemen as Yobo has no adaptation problem. But I would find it a mistake to assign a player who was not with the team during the summer period in the trainings and he did never play together with new transfer Egemen. Even making mistakes in both Vaslui matches Egemen and Bekir match look more feasible to me instead of Egemen and Yobo who never played together and this is a very important match as a win against Galatasaray would really be a doping for Fenerbahce. According to the news of Turkish media it sound like Aykut Kocaman cares less than Fatih Terim (Galatasaray coach) about this clash. I may be wrong, I should be wrong but the fact is Fenerbahce will have to play a Champions League match against Spartak Moscow in order to qualify and a serious injury would really cost them a lot. But on the other hand it is always an important prestige for these teams to defeat each other which really gives a relax time to everyone in the winning club which makes them feel good from top to bottom. It is an important absent as right back Gokhan Gonul will not be in the squad. New transfer Krasic will be in the squad but I do not expect a good performance from him as he is a very new player.
The Super Cup match will be held in Erzurum which is very far to both clubs. It look like both teams have equal winning chances. It may sound like Fenerbahce have more physical strength as they played European matches and opened the season earlier than their rival but Galatasaray played 2 serious friendly matches against Lazio and Fiorentina. And I also know Galatasray have an important
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