On a night where former Galatasaray midfielder Metin Oktay‘s birthday was celebrated and remembered, the Istanbul outfit managed to run riot against a rather stern Bursaspor side.
The man who notched a first half hat-trick is none other than Wesley Sneijder who happens to wear the prestigious No. 10 that was worn by the famous Oktay. All three goals were pretty, but his second took the honors as he sent a left-footed rocket towards the top left corner.
The other two goals were scored by Emmanuel Eboue who would go on to assist Didier Drogba as his back-heel made it 5-0 before Selcuk Inan finalized the 6-0 scoreline just minutes from the final whistle.
Overall, the reigning Turkish Super League champions played a magnificent game where each and every player helped one another out throughout the 90 minutes. In fact, when they were up 5-0, all 10 fielders ran into their own box to help defend a corner kick. This type of dedication shows that Roberto Mancini‘s determination and belief has finally been etched into the players’ minds.
Even though they played a 3-5-2, Galatasaray managed to create a plethora of chances where the score could have truly been 10 or even 11-0. The boys attacked as a team and defended the same way. Instead of staying in their respective positions all game long, they constantly pushed, pulled, switched and ran to get the job done.
If Galatasaray can manage to play with the same concentration and passion against Chelsea later on this month in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, they can manage an impressive win at home in the first leg. Each and every player will have to be nearly perfect to keep their opponents under control.
With today’s win, the point deficit between themselves and Fenerbahce has been dropped to seven as Fenerbahce fell victim away to Eskisehirspor yesterday. Next week that team will visit Istanbul to take on Galatasaray in what is expected to be a much tighter affair than the one from today.