The ultimate minutes of Galatasaray’s last sport in opposition to Gaziantep FK had been utterly surreal. First, Gaziantep’s improbable bicycle-kick equalizer was dominated out by video assistant referee (VAR) after 5 minutes of cautious examination. Then, Galatasaray goalkeeper Okan Kocuk saved the ball in his fingers for 18 seconds and gave away an oblique free kick within the ultimate seconds. But, the icing on the cake was the penalty Gaziantep FK received from the oblique free kick that ended the sport 3-Three in a real rollercoaster trend.
Although these minutes had been undoubtedly very entertaining for the viewers, they definitely weren’t for Fatih Terim. His crew now trails Başakşehir by eight factors, and whereas this piece was being written, Trabzonspor additionally had the chance of widening the hole to eight.
First, with the defeat in opposition to Rizespor and Fernando Muslera’s harm, and now, shedding two essential factors due to a last-minute penalty, Galatasaray gamers will definitely expertise an enormous demoralization, and their hopes of profitable the Süper Lig title have plummeted within the last two weeks.
Normally a crew like this could be crossed off the checklist for the championship race, however the subsequent two video games might change this image fully. Galatasaray will play two video games in a row in opposition to Başakşehir and Trabzonspor, which suggests two wins in a row would put the membership again within the race. Nevertheless, earlier than that may occur, Terim wants to research why his crew misplaced 5 factors in two video games.
The most necessary and apparent drawback is the dearth of defensive self-discipline. Galatasaray conceded solely 5 targets in 9 video games within the Süper Lig between January and March nevertheless it has already conceded that many factors within the last two video games in June. This can’t be defined by Muslera’s absence, as reserve goalkeeper Kocuk placed on an honest efficiency in each video games. Center again Marcao’s absence may also be an element, however there was not a transparent particular person mistake made by his substitute, Ahmet Çalık.
Galatasaray has turn out to be a crew that simply provides away alternatives to its opponents, primarily as a result of the crew is now not transferring as a complete in house. After two months of particular person coaching or no coaching at all, Galatasaray has seemingly misplaced its collective motion patterns. This impacts each offense and protection, however since Galatasaray’s squad high quality is worse on the defensive facet at the second, it’s more durable to cowl for this with particular person high quality. Players give extra time and house to their opponents, which is what counterattacking groups want essentially the most.
Terim tried to take care of this challenge by scoring greater than the opponents and fielded a particularly offensive squad in opposition to Gaziantep. Although his crew scored three targets and will have scored extra, Gaziantep FK might have finished the identical. Terim positioned Younes Belhanda proper subsequent to Jean Michael Seri, the place Mario Lemina usually performs. This induced extra issues in protection because the Algerian offensive midfielder doesn’t have the essential defensive expertise. The deep go he performed into his personal penalty field, which induced a crimson card for heart again Çalık, was an ideal instance of this poor defensive mentality. Belhanda shouldn’t play in that place when heart again Ryan Donk returns and Lemina comes again to defensive midfielder place within the subsequent sport.
Unfortunately for Terim, Donk’s return won’t be sufficient in opposition to Başakşehir, as Okan Buruk’s facet is one of essentially the most harmful within the league with regards to transitioning from protection to offense.
Başakşehir normally has troubles in opposition to groups like itself, who play extra reactively and depart much less house for his or her opponents. That is why this week that they had critical issues in opposition to purely counterattacking Ankaragücü, who’s at the underside of the league.
This means Terim must provide you with a brand new trick as his methods again in March have disappeared. If Galatasaray can not win this sport, it will be secure to cross the membership off the checklist for the title race.