Providing time allows from now on I will be doing a weekly press release from Fenerbache with an update on how things have gone for us, adding to it I will use my piece to have a talk Newcastle united and my thoughts on Football in general(Premier League mainly but a few thoughts on other stuff as well) so here goes..
Since my debut post on the blog, Fenerbache have played 3 matches with the 1st a daunting away trip to Madrid to face Real and we started on the back foot, Real forcing 2 good saves from Casilla and another chance from Eriksen fired just over. However the Beneabeu was silenced after 12 minutes when Sow played Callejon in and he finished smartly in off the post for a shock lead. The lead lasted till half time and it was clear Madrid were getting edgy, Neymar booked for dissent. Whatever Roy Keane said at half time certainly did the trick as they equalized straight after the break through Sergio Busquets, 1-1 game on. Chances came and went for both sides, Ucan and Souza going close for Fenerbache and Busquets almost grabbing his 2nd if not for the wonderful reactions of Casilla in goal. Casilla was however beaten for a 2nd time when Bale let fly from distance, the ball caught the keeper out of position as it sailed over him. 2-1 to the Spanish Giants and that’s how it stayed till Full Time. A deserved win for Real but no shame in a narrow defeat.
REAL MADRID 2 FENERBACHE 1.
On Saturday in the Youth cup we entertained Atletico Madrid, and after looking at the team sheets we knew we had a tough night in store for us, what a side they can put out at this level, we simply had to pray they had a night off.
The match started slowly whilst both sides figured each other out until Oliver Torres went down the flank and played in Balde who deftly flicked the ball past the keeper, a sublime touch which left the keeper routed as the ball rolled past him. The rest of the half belonged to Madrid and it was role reversal when Balde linked up with Torres just inside the box, Torres turned his marker and drilled a shot into the far corner, 0-2 and a long 2nd half was in prospect for the under dogs. The 2nd half started like the 1st, and in truth not much happened until the 63rd minute when Fenerbache were awarded a free kick just on the edge of the box, Poulsen stepped up and just put his foot straight through the ball and it flew like a missile into the top corner, 1-2 and perhaps Fenerbache had a chance? No it was Madrid who carried on pressing and only the fine performance of Cojocaru in the home goal prevented a bigger defeat. Still plenty of time left in the group for us to turn this around but Madrid will be favourites to retain their youth cup win with the sheer talent available to them.
FENERBACHE 1 ATLETICO MADRID 2
Just 24 hours later Fenerbache on the back of a 3 game winless run in the league welcomed Lazio to the Sukru Saracoglu stadium and the line up for the home side was tweaked from previous weeks to give us a bit more solid platform in the middle of the pitch and our wingers pushed higher up field.
In truth the first half was poor, just the 1 decent chance aside for both teams who also shared a booking each, the players would surely be out to improve 2nd half? The 2nd was a slight improvement but still a poor show, Casilla making a couple decent stops from Biglia and Llorente to keep the game goalless. That’s how it was destined to finish until Fenerbache popped upm with their best move of the game with just minutes remaining on the clock, Potuk danced around a couple of tiring Lazio defenders before squaring to Sow who stroked the ball home from 15 yards. A late winner in a very even game, Both sides having the same amount of shots, shots on target and corners with the home side just shading the possession count. Was it down to the new tactics or not? Who knows, it will be a few weeks before we find out how good they are but hey a win is a win and we will take it.
FENERBACHE 1 SS LAZIO 0.
This result leaves Fenerbache 9th after 9 games with 14 points.
The only transfer deal happening at the minute see’s us allowing Raul Meireles leaving for Hamburg for £5m, the 32 year old was deemed surplus to requirements and the squad is needing to be re shaped.
So on to another weekend of fighting relegation with Newcastle in the Premier League and I would like to thank Tony Pulis and West Brom for being the most inept side I have seen at St James Park in the last few years, and I’ve witnessed a John Carver side for 5 months in that time. Taking nothing away from Newcastle, we played well. In keeping with recent home games(1 defeat in 6 at home now, and that being a last kick of the ball defeat by Everton) and I think we signed well in Jan, Shelvey is a great passer of the ball and Townsend looks decent, gets up and down and means we now attack both flanks rather than the one dimensional play previously. I was delighted to see Mitrovic get the goal, I like him a lot as a player and he has had some harsh words said about him but he will come through this hopefully as his all round game is quite good for a 21 year old. MOTM for me was Cheick Tiote, yeah remember him, who played like the tiote of 4 years ago, he has been linked with a move to China lately but after yesterday it would be idiotic to sell him. He provided the base to allow Shelvey to dictate the game from the middle and it was refreshing to see him get through 95 minutes without a yellow card.
In terms of what this does in terms of keeping us up who knows? We have Chelsea away next Saturday before an 18 day break before Stoke away(which I’m going to) so 2 tough games. We still have Bournemouth, Sunderland, Swansea, Palace to play at home, win them all and that’s us on 36 points..just shy of the magical 40 point mark.
On to the rest of the Premier league action and bloody hell…Leicester are for real aint they? coming out of Liverpool and Man City with 6 points and a +4 gd is major for them. Mahrez is a player, how he slipped under the radar for so long is a mystery. Arsenal were my fancy for the league and they got back to winning ways today at Bournemouth but I feel they have something lacking lately, goals have dried up and they don’t seem as on song with each other as they did early on in the season. Tottenham just keep winning and people still don’t believe them to be challengers but just 5 points off the top they gotta be in with a chance. Man City are far too reliant on Aguero and Silva and badly miss Kompany. Yaya seems to know he will be away at end of season and is hardly helping their cause atm. Costa rescued Chelsea with that late goal against Man United but what was Depay doing at the end before that goal? Surely cost his team 3 points. Liverpool blew a 2 goal lead to Sunderland(TWATS) but it was great to see their fans protest against ticket prices, something needs to be done. I am fully behind the twenty is plenty idea for away fans, these days an away match is a luxury many of us simply can’t do, I have had to cut my away days due to this. On average an away game costs me £125 at least(and bare in mind Newcastle are absolutely shite away from home) and with 3 kids I have money needed elsewhere, Stoke will actually be my 1st away game this season. Just before I go I see the next England manager in waiting(if you believe the southern press which keeps kissing his arse) has just went 8 without a win at Palace, yeah we could of told you’s all that would happen. The man always starts well at club but is then sussed out..West Ham..Southampton..Newcastle and now Palace.
Anyway thanks for reading my bollocks for this week. Issue 2 next week