Leader in the Süper Lig, a prelude to measure in the Champions League - the Turkish record champions are currently hovering on cloud nine!
The start of the season for the Turkish record champion has been successful. In the Spor Toto Süper Lig, coach Fatih Terim's squad has already lived up to expectations with four wins from five games, and the lions have also made progress in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening, having beaten Lokomotiv Moscow 3:0. Whole 15 of the last 16 competitive matches have been won at home in Türk Telekom, with Keeper Fernando Muslera having to face off in their last seven games in front of their home crowd. "We're where we are. So slowly but surely we are getting on the track, also because we love this competition so much. I have a lot of fun with this team at the moment and I hope the spectators too, "said the visibly satisfied "Emperor" Terim after the match at Tuesday.
Terim brought the victor gene back!
Terim continues: "We wanted to get into the game quickly, and we succeeded. Then we have a few gears up and then down again. In the second half, the team played well, above all, it was very attentive. The result is interesting as Moscow have conceded three goals for the first time this year."
The 65-year-old's coach in his fourth time for the lions from the bosphorus has been almost perfect so far. His predecessors Roberto Mancini, Cesare Prandelli, Hamza Hamzaoglu and Mustafa Denizli and Igor Tudor scored just three wins in 23 games in the European competitions. He is making the first match in the Champions class fierce, with players such as Garry Rodrigues, Fernando Muslera, Ryan Donk and Eren Derdiyok showing a clear upswing with Terim ahead.
Derdiyok lets Gomis forget
Therefore, striker Derdiyok can not be disturbed by the discussions about his person. The hit rate of the Swiss with five competitive goals is more than tidy. Derdiyok himself knows that. "I feel no pressure and do what I've always done. At the moment everything works for me. I will continue to work on myself and make sure it stays that way."
Captain Fernando Muslera raved about his team-mates after the final whistle. "I said yesterday that it's very important to start the competition, which was a nice win today. We hope we'll continue like that. We saw two fantastic goals today. There's no one player who can beat Rodrigues in one against one and then he comes to an end, which is extremely difficult for a goalkeeper, he was rewarded with such shots, over and over again, and on the third goal, Onyekuru and Emre Akbaba have given everything, congratulations to the whole team."
Defender Martin Linnes summed up the evening most precisely: "I wish so much that tomorrow would be the second group match!"
Galatasaray is so far the leader in the Champions League Group D. The next match will be in Porto on Wednesday, October the 2nd against FC Porto.