Lions look promising with warm-up win over Inter

Defending Turkish champion Galatasaray, aka the Lions, did not have mercy for former coach Roberto Manciniand’s Inter Milan in the two sidesand’ intense friendly at Tandurk Telekom Arena in Istanbul, with coach Hamza Hamzaoiluand’s men beating the Italians 1-0 on Sunday night, showing they have had a productive training period for the coming season.
Wesley Sneijder, a former Inter player, hit the only goal of the match in the 54th minute and the assist was delivered by new transfer Lukas Podolski. Galatasarayand’s starting lineup for the clash, in which fans saw the ideal starting lineup of the coach, was composed of goalie Muslera Sabri Sarioilu, Aurelien Chedjou, Hakan Balta and Alex Telles in defense Selandcuk inan, Bilal Kisa, Yasin andOztekin and Sneijder in midfield and Podolski and Burak Yilmaz as strikers.
Melo was left out of the squad for the friendly as expected. The Brazilian midfielder declared his intention to part ways with the Istanbul club after last season ended. He has long been known to be on Interand’s radar, but there have been no further developments regarding his move to the Italian club. Inter coach Mancini claimed that he does not know Meloand’s current situation. andquotHe is a player of Galatasaray, not Inter. So I donand’t know whatand’ll happen,andquot he said after the friendly.
Speaking about Melo, Hamzaoilu said there is no point in insisting that the Brazilian stay because the midfielder believes he has completed his mission at Galatasaray. andquotWe understand him. If a player thinks his time is up somewhere, itand’s useless to insist. This damages the player and the club. Weand’re trying to help Melo.andquot He noted that the players who will leave the team will be announced following a meeting with the cluband’s board members.
Twenty-year-old midfielder Jose Rodriguez made his debut appearance with the Super League outfit when he was fielded in the 72nd minute to replace Selandcuk.
Galatasaray seemed ambitious throughout the match. Coach Hamzaoilu tried out his substitute players and changed the lineup except for goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. With both sides remaining unproductive in attacking positions, there were no other goals.
Hamzaoilu said in his post-game remarks that it was a good opportunity to see Galatasarayand’s potential against a good team. andquotFor us, it was a chance to evaluate ourselves ahead of the TFF Super Cup match [against Turkish Cup winner Bursaspor on Saturday]. I thought we werenand’t ready but today we saw that we can last 90 minutes.andquot
Four minutes into the match, Selandcuk received a little piece of paper from the bench and he showed it to Burak, who then gave it to Sneijder. The Dutchman gave Mancini the piece of paper, which had four stars on it, a reference to the 20th domestic title of the Istanbul club, which became the first Turkish team to get a fourth star on its shirt — one star for every five championships. In the 2013-2014 season during his tenure at Galatasaray, Mancini communicated with his players by writing his instructions on pieces of paper and handing them to his players. The eternal foes of the Lions, Fenerbahandce, won the title that season and its captain, Volkan Demirel, showed a piece of paper reading and”iampiyon [Champion] Fenerbahandceand” to the cameras in an attempt to mock Galatasaray.
Mancini called it a andquotnice jokeandquot and said the Istanbul club made him and its fans happy for earning the fourth star.