atasaray will look to extend its winning streak to four games when it opens the
seventh match day of the Spor Toto Super League season at Medical Park
The Lions have shaken off a poor start to the new season in which they only
posted one win in the first three match days, but three consecutive victories
since then have put Fatih Terim’s team near the top of the division.
Galatasaray is now on 13 points and shares second with Istanbul BB, trailing
only defending champion Fenerbahçe, which has 16 points and is the only unbeaten
team in the league.
Swedish forward Johan Elmander said the team wanted to continue its good
“We are on a good streak now and we want to keep it going,” he told GSTV, the
club’s official television channel. “The win over Bursaspor was a good one. And
we want another win over Medical Park Antalyaspor.”
Galatasaray got a late goal to beat 2010 champion Bursaspor last week,
helping the team build confidence. In the previous four games against the
Marmara club, Galatasaray failed to record a victory and even failed to score
against the Crocs for two years.
Probably more important for Galatasaray was that the team returned to its
past glory, which seemed to be absent last season. A shadow of the team they
once were, the Lions broke the undesirable club record for most defeats in a
single season last year. A late surge saw the team barely climb to eighth place,
which was no consolation for the 17-time titleholders.
Elmander, who has two league goals for Galatasaray in five appearances, said
the match against the Mediterranean side would not be an easy one.
“I haven’t seen them play but I know that it will be a hard one,” he said.
“But whoever the opponent is, we are Galatasaray. And a big team like
Galatasaray aims at nothing less than the title. If we want the trophy we should
overcome the obstacles.”
Medical Park Antalyaspor is a tough team that concedes few goals, but is not
particularly strong on offense. The southerners have only scored five goals and
allowed eight so far this season. The team has also failed to win its last four
matches after starting the season with two wins.
Antalyaspor is coached by Mehmet Özdilek, who was an assistant to Terim when
he was the national team coach in 2005-2006.