Beşiktaş Fail To Fully Capitalize On Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray Defeats

Updated: September 2, 2018

Week 4 of the Turkish Super League couldn’t have started any better for Beşiktaş fans. Firstly, Fenerbahçe lost their third league match in four weeks and then Galatasaray got thrashed 4-0 away to Trabzonspor. The stage seemed set for Beşiktaş to defeat Bursaspor away, not only equaling the points of Galatasaray and Başakşehir but also sending a psychological message to fellow title contenders. Despite a lackluster first-half performance during which Beşiktaş didn’t have a proper shot on goal, the black eagles managed to take the lead with a Ryan Babel goal in the fifty-first minute of the match. Bursaspor looked very poor and didn’t cause any serious danger apart from a first-half effort which was kept out by new goalkeeper Karius despite being one on one with Allano Lima. Oğuzhan who was once again poor in the number ten position during the first-half improved in the second, also assisting Babel in his goal. Despite doing very little, Negredo couldn’t be criticized as nobody managed to pass him the ball in any sort of dangerous position. Quaresma played one of his worst matches and was utterly ineffective throughout the whole game.

Despite being far from their best, Beşiktaş appeared to be sailing towards victory, but it wasn’t to be. In the eighty-fifth minute, Diafra Sakho managed to get the better of Pepe, Vida and Karius to equal the score at 1-1. Both teams failed to score another and picked up a point each. In my opinion, manager Şenol Güneş deserved a lot of the blame in Beşiktaş not being able to obtain the victory as a result of his nonsensical substitutions. Bringing on Necip for Tolgay was a mistake as the team went defensive instead of finishing off a poor Bursaspor. New transfer Ljajic could have been brought on to cause Bursaspor further problems along with Lens who could have found space as a tired Bursaspor went searching for the equalizer.  Something also has to be said about Turkish referees and their utilization of the VAR system. I cannot seem to understand why they hardly ever even look at controversial positions. Beşiktaş was robbed from a clear cut penalty but cannot afford excuses as to why they didn’t pick up the three points.