As well as trabzonspor, Came Galatasaray not ahead of a draw in front of a home crowd (for sports report) In the UEFA Europa League qualification against FC St Johnstone, the yellow-reds were clearly the better team. However, as is often the case, the Turkish team exploited opportunities in the European Cup that stood in the way of a successful result. Again this was not the victory of the “Lions” in European competitions. In their last 38 matches, they have lost 23 out of eleven draws. The only victories were against Neftsi Baku and Hajduk Split in the qualifying rounds of the Europa League and against Lokomotiv Moscow and Benfica Lisbon in the Champions League group stage.
Terim criticized exploiting opportunities – Erkin does not plan to transfer
Head coach Fateh Terim complained after the encounter – as well as TV experts and Galatasaray fans – missed opportunities. Nonetheless, the 67-year-old was satisfied: “We should have taken the lead early in the game. It is very important to score early against such teams. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to use the clear opportunities – but we played well. Rivals are a team that plays very socially. In the second half we were down 1-0 and there were only ten of us left. Probably the worst that could happen to a team. To be honest, our team responded very well to that. We could have won. Now we have to win there. Galatasaray will win there and should win there too. It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve done this.” Asked if there had been any effort to transfer former player Kaner Erkin, Terim said: “He’s a good player, who I look forward to playing for the national team.” I know from playing With Patrick van Aanholt, Mer Bayram and Emre Tasdemir, we are currently three times in their position. Accordingly, it is not an issue.”
St. Johnstone-Coach Davidson Lobat Akturkoglu
On the opposing side, St Johnstone’s coach Callum Davidson revealed that it was particularly difficult against Turkey international Kerem Akturkoग्लूlu. “Galtasarai is a team with good players. The number seven player is a very good footballer. We tried to stop him. You got the better of the game. With every next minute we managed to show our skills on the pitch. I’m very impressed with the result. Satisfied. It’s good to leave Istanbul with this result. Galatasaray had chances, but we also had one or the other. Now we will prepare for the second leg. Nothing will change in our schedule. It’s going to be a very difficult match “They are going to be a big problem for us in Scotland. If we’re lucky, we’ll make it to the next round. But let’s not fool ourselves. Galatasaray is a qualitatively better team.”
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