Filip analyzes: Osmanlispor vs Besiktas

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Updated: December 21, 2015

How good, that we can win even matches in which almost nothing is going our way. The clash with Osmanlispor was probably the worst 5-goal-match I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Fortunately, these 90 minutes of torture, at the end gave us an important 3 points.

Game-changer José Sosa. Is he now an ideal “number 10”?

Sosa will never be the next Sergen Yalçın. No way, we have to accept that. However, after a few good league performances, we must admit, that he is certainly a player that makes the difference. Today he also showed that he can win matches for us. I am far from falling into raptures. I admit that this summer I even was a fan of the idea of selling Sosa. Although it should be noted that José begins to play consistently and is giving more and more to the team. Thus, the problem with the central formation we had some time ago, seems to be completely resolved. On the other hand…

…we messed up today.

And even the huge importance of Sosa’s goals can’t change the impression that it was our worst game of the season. Playing as today, Besiktas certainly can’t dream of staying in the fight for the championship. But we must remember that these moments happen to all teams in the world. For almost the entire first half of the season we played the same 11-14 players. They are tired. Fortunately,  these are the last battles for this round. We just have to forget about this clash with Osmanlispor and move forward.

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The most annoying fact today was that our opponents also have not played outstanding football. They have composed a few good players, such as Badou Ndiaye, Musa or even Ugur and Rusescu, but today didn’t take advantage of our carelessness nearly as much as they could and probably should have. This is a team that deserves to end in mid-table, but today they lost at their own request. Only more because the referee undoubtedly helped them. At the end of the first half, the referee didn’t give us a clear penalty after the obvious hand in the penalty box. He also allowed Osmnalispor’s hard play throughout the game without taking action. Fortunately, even this, combined with the fatal attitude of almost all our players, even the reliable ones so far like Atiba or Beck, didn’t end for us in disaster. No one is able now to stop this machine? I hope this thinking won’t lead us to catastrophe.

The last days of Tolga?

After huge mistakes against Akhisar and Sporting from Tolga and… Gunay’ blunder in the derby, Tolga Zengin is getting back to the goal and took what was probably his last chances to prove his worth. Today he scored some good interventions, but also was at fault on the first goal (together with the defenders who too slowly formed the offside trap), so rather he didn’t give Senol reasons to fight for him as he did in the summer.

Perhaps, Tolga would take up the fight with his new competitor, but as well in the winter he can go for free. Well, unless Senol once again believes in him. You have to admit – it would be probably the bravest decision he could take and perhaps also the dumbest?

A few numbers:

  • Mario Gómez had only one shot on goal today and was less on the ball than any other player (excluding the substitutes and Olcay, who came off after 45 minutes). However, he scored a goal and got an assist.
  • Sosa scored his second and third goal this season. He scored the first one against Kayserispor. Then, just like today, he was also the man of the match.
  • Besiktas won 9 of our last 11 league matches
  • Sosa’s goal was the eight goal scored by our team in the last five minutes of the game this season (So far, at the very end 2 times Kerim scored, 3 times Oguzhan, and once Cenk and Olcay).
  • “King of passes” Atiba Hutchinson, eventhough as I mentioned he played poorly, once again calmly recorded more than 90% pass accuracy and in this respect was the best on the pitch. (91,3% with 69 successful passes)
  • Besiktas now have won seven of their eight away games this season in the Süper Lig, the other one was a 1-1 draw in Ankara against Gençlerbirligi. Road Warriors.
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Filip Cieśliński

I have been in love with Turkish football since 2010, every other year more and more. Fortunately I find a way to add it to my second passion, which is actually my job - sports journalism. I've already experienced adventures in Radio, TV, websites and newspapers. I'm currently part of a sports newsroom for one of the biggest Polish newspapers "Fakt" and am involved in some other projects of publisher Ringier Axel Springer Polska.

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