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Still around in the Champions League during that tenure, Group C outsiders Besiktas and Sporting Lisbon meet on Tuesday in Istanbul.
Neither team has scored a point from games against Ajax and Borussia Dortmund, so it is urgent to assert themselves in the first clash between the champions of Turkey and Portugal.
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After losing to group favorites Dortmund on matchday one, Besiktas could have forgiven the trip to Amsterdam for their second game in Group C given Ajax’s performances in Lisbon.
The Dutch club picked up where they left off after their 5-1 win on day one when they were two goals ahead of the Turkish champions before half-time. Although Ajax ultimately had to settle for a 2-0 result at the Johan Cruijff Arena, Beskitas were overwhelmed as they conceded 22 shots on goal and only had 29% of the ball.
Two losses to start their campaign, then off we go Sergen YalcinThe team needs to quickly collect points on the board as they approach two potentially life-changing games against the Primeira Liga champions.
Oddly enough, the Black Eagles have never won at home against Portuguese opponents in eight attempts before and will therefore have the weight of a precedent against them on Tuesday that they will hopefully counter with the loud support of their fans.
However, the preparations did not go perfectly as they were beaten 3-2 in a dramatic capital derby against Istanbul Basaksehir on Friday evening. Italian striker Stefano Okaka scored a brace for Basaksehir as the 2019-20 Süper Lig winner beat his successors, who lost in the league for the second time this season despite goals from Alex Teixeira and Michy Batshuayi.
Yalcin see their side, who have conceded each of their first four league games this season but have scored 11 goals since then, in the table behind title rivals Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor, who have accumulated 17 points in their first nine games.
His focus is now shifting to continental affairs and keeping dreams alive, at least the last time Besiktas reached the knockout round in 2017/18 – when they won their group unbeaten in front of Porto, Leipzig and Monaco but were then beaten by Bayern Munich in the round of 16.
Sporting’s ninth Champions League group campaign – and the first in four years – has so far been similar to the host’s on Tuesday.
After a rude awakening against Ajax in the Alvalade – when they conceded four goals from the Ivorian striker Sebastian Haller alone – the club from Lisbon made their visit to Dortmund much stronger on the second matchday at the end of last month. Only in a closely contested and somewhat rough encounter Donyell paintHis first goal in the colors of BVB separated the teams when Sporting suffered a second defeat in a row.
Resurgence among Ruben Amorim in the last 18 months, the Lions have won their last game before international break against Arouca 2-1; This puts them on 20 points in the Primeira Liga – still unbeaten, but behind their “Tres Grandes” rivals Porto and Benfica.
The defense of their first title in nearly two decades may have started smoothly – and Amorim also oversaw a comfortable 4-0 win at third division Belenenses in the Taca de Portugal on Friday – but significant European strides have been seen since a run to the quarter-finals Europa League 2018.
To make up previously lost ground in Group C, Sporting will now have to assert themselves against a team with whom they have only played once in a UEFA competition.
In the group stage of the 2015 Europa League, the Iberians drew 1-1 in Istanbul before winning 3-1 at home in the final round – a result they achieved as runner-up at Besiktas’ expense. Such a record on this occasion – with the second leg for early next month – would put them in the driver’s seat to secure European football into next year.
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While the injury list, which decimated the squad for the defeat against Ajax, has eased somewhat for Besiktas, several first-team players will be missing on Tuesday.
Miralem Pjanic, Mehmet Topal and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou Everyone is expected to be missing for the Black Eagles who welcomed last season’s top scorer Cyle Larin – who looted 19 goals last season but hasn’t found the net in six club games since August – returned to the bench on Friday.
The Canadian striker, who missed his nation’s game against Mexico with an injury last week, could help Michy Batshuayi on offense, while Alex Teixeira will be hoping to come on as a substitute for Basaksehir at halftime following his goal.
In the central midfield, Larin’s compatriot Atiba Hutchinson should participate Souza, and the role of the right full-back will be filled by the French Valentin Rosierwho moved permanently from Sporting to Besiktas in the summer after his loan last season.
The guests have not played a league game for over a fortnight, so they should be in top shape for the trip to Turkey despite international and cup commitments.
Ruben Amorim made a number of changes when his team faced humble opponents on Friday, but established stars like Pedro Porro, PSG borrower Pablo Sarabia and Joao Palhinha will return to the XI on Tuesday.
captain Sebastian Coates is also back from South America to play in defense for Sporting but is a much-admired striker Pedro Goncalves – who struck 23 times during his club’s march for the 2020/21 national championship title – continues to recover from a knee injury and is excluded.
Besiktas possible starting line-up:
Gunok; Rosier, Welinton, Vida, Yilmaz; Hutchinson, Souza; Ghezzal, Ozyakup, Larin; Batshuayi
Sporting Lisbon possible starting line-up:
Adan; Neto, Coates, Feddal; Porro, palhinha, braganca, rice; Sarabia, Paulinho, Tomas
Probability: Besiktas 2-3 Sporting Lisbon
Both teams pose a threat in the final third and could inflict serious defensive problems on Tuesday.
With all to play and several skilled attackers, the game should start after the first goal and Sporting may oust their hosts one goal or another due to deficiencies in Besiktas’ defensive line.
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