Besiktas are rocking in Turkey with a 3-0 start as they solely lead the Turkish Super League with nine points atop the standings.
Led by the No. 4 in the midfield, Manuel Fernandes, this team has structured itself to play 90 minutes of high-pressure soccer in a domestic league that has been struggling with quick-paced and successful soccer. This Fernandes character has unbelievable vision, is always calm when on the ball and makes plays happen that many have not seen in other leagues. Honestly, him choosing to stay is a complete surprise.
The team defeated Gaziantepspor earlier today courtesy of a double from Portuguese international striker Hugo Almeida. For a slow but strong player, he has a very important knack for scoring goals. Today, he proved this once again and will most likely continue to do so.
Coach Slaven Bilic has taught this side how to play in a consistent manner – passing, hustling, taking chances and organizing themselves as a team throughout the field. The team did not run out of energy either which shows us that the coach also whipped them into better shape. This was a problem last year as they were lazy towards the ends of games.
Defensively, the team is captained by Tomas Sivok who continues to show his fearless side as he goes into every single challenge with 100 percent force and effort. This has been beneficial to the entire back line also as they have learned much from him.
The only sour taste in their mouths is being banned from the Europa League due to match-fixing allegations right after they defeated Tromso 2-0 on home soil to win 3-2 on aggregate.
Now, with three wins in as many games thus far in the domestic league, they are en route to a thrilling season. Judging by the way they are playing, and assuming not too many mistakes are made , they can win the league title for the first time since 2009.