In the 11th week of the Trendyol Super League, Fenerbahçe lost 3-2 to Trabzonspor on their own field. The yellow-dark blue team lost for the first time in 19 matches this season.
Fenerbahçe Coach İsmail Kartal evaluated the defeat on beIN SPORTS.
“We started the match well, we played under pressure right at the beginning of the game. In the first half, they came to our goal once and that ball was a goal. In the first half, we had the ball in the opponent’s penalty area 22 times. In the second half, we unexpectedly conceded 2 goals in a row and this shocked us. We focused on the game. We were able to score two goals from the penalty spot. There were other positions, but they did not happen. The opposing team slowed down the game from time to time. They looked for positions with long balls from the back. We knew these, we worked hard. We conceded shocking goals at unexpected moments. 10 of us did not quit the match. We will continue on our way. A lesson from this match. “It is too early for the Adana Demirspor match. We will look at the players we have and get ready. Before that, there is the Ludogorets match. Then, we will prepare for the Adana Demirspor match together.”
WHEN WILL FRED, BECAO AND DJIKU RETURN?
İsmail Kartal also gave dates for the injured players. The experienced coach announced that Djiku and Fred would return at the latest between the national matches, while Becao would be away from the field for a little longer.
İSMAİL KARTAL’S PRESS CONFERENCE
“We were really well prepared for the Trabzon match. We knew that they would come out with long balls from the back. We started the match well as always. We immediately put them under pressure. Even though we played with so much pressure, we could not find the goal. They came once in the first half and it was a goal. We talked to our players before the second half. We some had plans. We conceded 2 goals before these plans came into effect. Even though we were down to 10 men, we did not give up the game against the opponent. We brought the match to 3-2 with 2 goals, but we could not convert the match. We thank our fans for their support even though we were defeated.”
“WE HAVE A LARGE SQUAD”
Stating that injured players are not their excuse, Kartal said, “We have a large squad. Every player is valuable to us. Injured players are not our excuse. Fred and Djiku’s injuries may be gone for the Adana Demirspor match. Our players, except Becao, will return during the national team break.”
“THE GROUND WAS GOOD FOR ME”
When asked about the ground of Pendik Stadium, İsmail Kartal said, “In my opinion, the ground was good. The match was played and finished there. You cannot always attribute these injuries to anything. It was bound to happen and it happened.”