Cesare Prandelli coached Galatasaray in his Super League debut to a 2-0 victory at Bursaspor as goals from Burak Yilmaz and Olcan Adin sealed all three points on opening day. This was the first Super League win for the Istanbul side in Bursa since the 2007-08 season.
Prandelli implemented the 4-2-3-1 with a quick switch to a 4-3-2-1 with the best players he had available in a game where defensively Aurelien Chedjou and keeper Fernando Muslera stopped dangerous plays time and time again. These two showed signs of leadership in an area that was always a concern for the club in all competitions last season.
Bruma was one of the hardest working players as he finally capped his performance with the assist for Yilmaz who hit home the opener. The young Portuguese international winger has blistering speed and can play as a striker, or in his main area as a left or right winger. He faced a tough season-ending knee injury midway through the last campaign, but has returned as a strong blur on the field.
Midfielders Selcuk Inan, Felipe Melo, Wesley Sneijder and Yekta Kurtulus all showed that they deserve a spot in the starting line-up.
Inan has to defend, take set pieces when called upon and find openings for teammates as he is the team captain while Melo does the dirty work as he gets in arguments with opposing players, commits the necessary as well as the unnecessary fouls and gets the crowd into the game.
Sneijder is the creative gem of the team as he wears the No. 10 jersey. His job is to hold possession, complete short and long passes accurately in addition to taking the goal-bound set pieces and at times penalties.
Kurtulus is an unsung hero who always seems to be in the right place at the right time. He can pass the ball swiftly and dangerously while also holding the ability to win possession back. He is one of the more experienced and calm guys on the roster.
Yilmaz and Adin did score for Galatasaray today, but the former also wasted some chances as usual. He will be the main guy up top, so he has to pick up his game and finish off the sweet passes that his boys send his way.
All in all, Galatasaray will be a team that heavily relies on its midfield to create chances and protect leads by keeping possession. Regardless of the formation, we can expect this team to do damage to opponents of all types.