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August 23rd, 21:45




Week two of the league, against a Rizespor team that won last week but also had some drama. Kweuke had a bust up with manager Hikmet Karaman and was dropped from the first team. Looks like all was forgotten and after a fine, is back. Caner is still suspended, Gokhan injured and Ba wasn't included in the match squad.

Volkan Demirel, Fabiano Ribeiro, Ertuğrul Taşkıran, Bruno Alves, Simon Kjaer, Michal Kadlec, Hasan Ali Kaldırım, Şener Özbayraklı, Raul Meireles, Josef de Souza, Mehmet Topal, Ozan Tufan, Diego Ribas, Alper Potuk, Volkan Şen, Luis Nani, Moussa Sow, Fernandao ve Robin van Persie
 

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Team is playing like shit though. I would expect a much better performance. For example Topal has been atrocious
 

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They played much better than we did. I dont remember their golie actually saving a shot while Volkan saved 2-3 not counting the PK and subsequent efforts.

Overall very poor performance, esp when you compare the players on both squads. We should be steam rolling Hikmet Karaman tactics
 

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The idea that you can get a new coach, a new system and 7 new players in your starting eleven and start winning games right away is ridiculous.
 

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Then we'll miss out on the CL after spending like $30 million. But you're right, we'll be more patient. We shouldn't set our expectations too high - since we can't recall the last time a Turkish club made it via qualifications to the CL we're just keeping the status quo.
 
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