Green Crocs lie in wait for Osmanli as week 15 kicks off

And now 2009-10 champion Bursaspor, by a strange quirk of the league fixtures computer, is in action again in the week 15 opener against Osmanlispor at Ataturk Stadium on Friday evening.

New Bursaspor coach Ersel Uzgur seems determined to give the visiting Ankara newcomer the blues and end the Crocs’ four-game winless and pointless streak.

Victory drought

Bursaspor last won a league game on Oct. 28, a 3-1 home victory in week 10 over relegation-threatened Medicana Sivasspor. Since then the Crocs have been beaten twice at home and twice away — garnering zero points out of a possible 12 — and returned to their domicile empty-handed.

Uzgur, who took over recently after Ertugrul Saglam called it quits, appeared gracious in defeat to defending champion Galatasaray last Friday, saying although he was not happy with the result, he was very happy with the team.

“Unfortunately, we failed to reap the fruits of our labor in the Galatasaray game. Everyone played well as a team, but we lost. The important thing is for the team to be able to accept defeat in good spirit. Because if we lose self-confidence, terrible feelings will arise again. We must overcome this and go into the game against Osmanlispor with a winning mentality,” he said.

“I have no worries whatsoever. What is important is to demonstrate our capabilities on the pitch. If the players think likewise and feel the same way, then we shall prevail for we are a good team,” Uzgur noted.

“The Bursa fans really love Bursaspor. They go to bed with and wake up with the team. And I am also one of them because I know and share their feelings. We are in dire need of fan support and, with their backing, there is nothing we cannot accomplish,” he added.

Right back Erdem Ozgenc is nursing a knee injury and was absent from training sessions this week. The veteran defender looks doubtful on Friday. The good news is that Senegalese-French defensive midfielder Ricardo Faty, sidelined for four weeks due to injury, resumed training this week and could be fielded if the coach considers him fit.

Just a fluke

Osmanlispor sent shockwaves across the Turkish football scene when it stunned Galatasaray 2-1 at Turk Telekom Arena in İstanbul.

But the reverberation of that victory has died down and is almost nonexistent as Mustafa Resit Akcay’s side is currently languishing in 12th place with only 15 points from 14 outings, with only eight points separating it and cellar-dweller Eskisehirspor.

The outcome of the lightweight clash between Bursaspor and Osmanlispor –12th against 13th — is indeed very difficult to predict because it is one that could go either way. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN