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Has a false start at the Turkish record champions from Istanbul been taken into account? The transfer activities at Galatasaray, which have not yet been completed, are the main reason for this assessment. The squad for the 2020/21 season has not yet been finalized, which is why the season opener this weekend comes at an inopportune time.
How “Imperator” Fatih Terim will compensate for the large gaps in the squad at the start of the season is uncertain. A prognosis has no value under the current circumstances.
Gaziantep FK will start the second Süper Lig season in the club’s history with a well-rehearsed squad. High performers like Alexandru Maxim were successfully tied for the long term after the strong season of the previous year. In preparation, the soccer players from Pistachio City made a solid impression and scored eight goals in three test matches.
It is quite possible that the black and reds will also give the Turkish record champions one or two hits.
Galatasaray was a season to forget. The Turkish record champions not only missed the championship, but received another bad news with the serious injury of regular goalkeeper Fernando Muslera at the end of the season. The fact that the planned upheaval in the summer squad does not go according to plan makes the situation for the lions from Istanbul even worse.
Recently there was also good news for Galatasaray. In the 2020/21 season, Imperator Fatih Terim will be supported by a new coaching team, including ex-players like Albert Riera and Selcuk Inan. In addition, a new fitness trainer, Scott Piri, was brought on board. But the team remained largely unchanged.
In the current transfer window, only Turan, Caglayan, Kilinc, Elabdellaoui and Etebo have joined. According to current media reports, more newcomers should be imminent. How those transfers can be handled despite the limitations of the Turkish Football Association is not yet in sight. It is quite possible that Galatasaray will stretch its feelers for players from the Süper Lig.
At the start of the season, Terim will have to make do with the current squad. How the emperor will line up his team on Saturday evening is not yet certain. After all, there was a lot of experimentation in the test matches. Since the lions in the local Türk Telekom Arena still have to do without spectators, the home advantage is considerably limited.
The home record from last season has little meaning. Since the matches in Turkey have been played against a ghostly backdrop, Galatasaray has only had one home win in four home games.
Marius Sumudica wanted to leave Gaziantep this summer, but will now fulfill his contract. In the coming season at the latest, however, the Romanian should return home. Sumudica already felt that those rumors of change are not well received by their own supporters in their home games last season.
In contrast to the Turkish record champions, Gaziantep FK starts with a well-rehearsed squad. The black and reds will only complete the second season in the Turkish House of Lords, but want to establish themselves in the Süper Lig in the long term. In the last season it was enough for the soccer players from the Turkish pistachio city to make eighth place in the table.
Although the black and reds were one of the most vulnerable defenses in the Süper Lig, they still scored 46 points in 34 games thanks to a strong offensive performance. Since the team has changed only minimally since then, it is by no means absurd that the trend should continue.
One of the most important players in the black and red squad is without a doubt Alexandru Maxim. After his six-month loan, the Romanian was signed by 1. FSV Mainz 05 on a free transfer. In the second half of the 2019/20 Süper Lig season, Maxim scored seven goals and also prepared two more goals for his teammates.
The offensive qualities of Gaziantep were noticeable in the preparation. Sumudica’s team scored a total of eight goals in the three friendly matches – five of them against Eskisehirspor. Only at the dress rehearsal was there a comparatively bleak appearance by the Sumudica team.
There were no failures to complain about with the guests from Gaziantep on Saturday evening. Compared to the starting XI from last season, hardly any changes are to be expected in the black and reds.
Galatasaray vs Gaziantep head to head matches
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