Beşiktaş – Antalyaspor post-match reactions

Updated: August 17, 2017

On Sunday Beşiktaş opened their 2017/18 Süper Lig campaign with a 2-0 victory over Antalyaspor. Here are some of the post-match reactions to the Black Eagles’ first victory of the season.

“We will be better in three games”

Şenol Güneş: “The fans weren’t present, but Suleyman Seba’s spirit was. We faced an unfair situation and played without our fans. The pitch was in bad condition too. We were in complete control of the game. Antalyaspor are an aggressive and good defending team. We had a good game, except one or two mistakes. It’s normal that we don’t play in the desired tempo yet. We will be better in three games. If it wasn’t a penalty, then it wasn’t. If Antalya are angry about this, they probably think they deserved to win the match. I hope they win next week. I don’t believe we won with the referee today.

We needed a striker and a central defender. I tell the president what and sometimes who I want and he does the transfers. Medel can be an alternative for the central defender position, but if we buy another one Pepe and Tosic’s job will be less difficult. Boyko, Franco, Milosevic and Aras need to leave.”

“It was a penalty”

Cenk Tosun: “Soft touches in the box can even be enough. I didn’t dive to win a penalty. Our shins crashed into each other and I fell down. It was a penalty. I lost my balance.”

“You get motivated by wearing the Beşiktaş jersey”

Pepe: “I’m happy to have played my first match with my teammates and to have scored a goal. You get motivated by wearing the Beşiktaş jersey. It was difficult to play without our fans. This was the first time in my career I played without fans. The important thing was to start well and we did that.”

“I couldn’t figure Cüneyt Çakır out”

Rıza Çalımbay: “The first league games are always difficult. We played well after the first 10 minutes. We were playing well in the second half, I couldn’t figure Cüneyt Çakır out. I haven’t seen a penalty like this. Beşiktaş don’t need penalties like this. I am sad about this. We could have turned this game around. If it was the other way around, Cuneyt Cakir would not have given us a penalty. I’m happy about my team in general.”

Yusuf Paklaci

Editor at Beşiktaş International
Living in the province of Utrecht, The Netherlands, where I was born and raised. Student Fiscal Economics at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. Have been a Beşiktaş fan for many years. Editor at Beşiktaş International since 2015.
Yusuf Paklaci