Title race is brewing before crucial Super League games
by Arda Alan Işık
ISTANBULMay 03, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Arda Alan Işık
May 03, 2016 12:00 am
This weekend was definitely not a challenging one for the last two teams in the title race, Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe. The league leaders Beşiktaş were not great against Kayserispor, who have been hovering near the danger zone for many weeks, but they managed to get a decisive 4-0 result, allowing them to watch Fenerbahçe's game in a state of comfort. Fenerbahçe also played against a weak opponent, Gaziantepspor, a southeastern Anatolian team who are also struggling to stay in the Super League. Vitor Pereira's players sent the Anatolian team home with nothing.
However, Beşiktaş's and Fenerbahçe's games are still far from what they are capable of playing at the height of Super League. Despite the decisive scores this weekend, their games do not promise any reproducible results for them and their mental states are heavily dependent on the opponent's performance. This is a huge problem given both teams will represent Turkey in the Champions League next season and face much more compact teams, which means they will probably not get away with just focusing on how their opponents play.
Even though I truly understand both Beşiktaş coach Şenol Güneş's and Fenerbahçe coach Vitor Pereira's concerns about the championship and I know how it will cost them to lose the race, nevertheless, the fundamental problems of Turkish football make their job so easy and so hard at the same time. It is very easy to beat Turkish opponents by passing the ball, given most Turkish team have no strategy or set plays for carrying the ball to the other half. But, it is always hard to find technically qualified players in Turkey to implement such a strategy so most coaches do not even bother to pretend they have an organized strategy and turn the game into a wrestling match.
Şenol Güneş and Vitor Pereira must see this opportunity in Turkish football and utilize it and enjoy it until its last drop. If they can hit this fundamental bug of Turkish football, they might reign for decades in the domestic league. Added to that, the only way to increase our teams' performance in the European zone is the same way Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe should differentiate themselves from the Super League. When you look at the top three leagues in Europe - Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga - they all have a certain characteristic that is unique to them. The Turkish League should also develop a style of his own, only then can it become a real player in the game.Nonetheless, what the Turkish league should never forget while creating its style, is that there is a difference between efficient and expired styles of football. The style should be aligned with the context that our teams and European giants play in. If we manage to develop a style that is compatible with the modern football and satisfies its needs, there is no obstacle in front of Turkish football to become one of the greatest leagues in Europe. But we should never forget that this revolution always starts with baby steps. If the league leaders do not dare to play a modern game, how can football as a whole progress?