Disastrous Detroit: the situation is going from bad to worse for Turkish clubs
Turkey finished 13th among European countries last year, meaning none of Turkey’s sides will directly qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stages next season. Instead, each of them will play at least two qualifying rounds.
Since the start of this season, the picture has only gotten worse. Turkey is currently ranked 18th. The last time he saw ranks this low was in 1992, almost 30 years ago, when the country was playing for “honorable defeats”.
If we don’t have a good period in August, there is a chance that Turkey will be left out of the Top 20, which means that they will only be able to send four teams to Europe, including three for the qualifiers of the Conference League.
This August is very important to stay in the Top 15, that is to say to be able to continue to send five teams to Europe. Turkey is now a football pre-qualifier, so we are in the most critical month right now.
Three Turkish representatives took to the stage on Wednesday, one of their rivals had made 21 league appearances, the other had 14 under his belt and the last one played only one game. We have to accept the fact that we are now a pre-qualifying country and that it is better to start the Süper Lig at the end of July or the beginning of August.
It is guaranteed that Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe will participate in international competitions this season. If Galatasaray eliminates St. Johnstone, that will also secure the Europa League group stages. Even though the Istanbul game ended in a draw, I think Galatasaray can still eliminate their opponent in Scotland. In reality, a team valued at € 100million ($ 118.08million) must dominate their € 10million rival and play to win.
However, an interesting problem has emerged in Galatasaray’s first three official matches this season: his current intensity and passing quality is extremely problematic.
Christian Luyindama and Jesse Sekidika against PSV and Aytaç Kara against St. Johnstone could not adjust the intensity of the simplest passes. I have explored the reasons for this problem in my three previous articles.
On the bright side, it should be noted that despite Wednesday’s poor result, Galatasaray’s three new players have sent out some good signals.
Sacha Boey scored for a dream start. Patrick van Aanholt had two superb runs in the first half with the deep passes from Berkan Kutlu. But one can’t help but wonder if the story could have been different if Terim had planned a bit more on the passing side, given his team’s potential.