RACHEL – Bursaspor must learn to score to move on in Europa

Bursaspor must learn toscore to move on in EuropaThe Green Crocs of Bursa did not do themselves any favors by drawing 0-0 with their Georgian rivals in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round, but they are still in good shape to move on to the next round if they manage a goal and a draw in the second leg on Thursday.“This match showed that we are at a higher level than they are.

There is nothing we are afraid of in the second match. I expect that we will come back and win that game,” coach Ienol GuneI assured the press after the first-leg match.

The second-leg match will be held in Tbilisi’s Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, which naturally gives the Georgian side an aantage. However, if Bursaspor manages at least one goal coupled with a draw, it will aance to the second round due to the away goals rule.

But if they lose, the Crocs can kiss their dreams of playing in Europe goodbye for at least another yearBursaspor last played Chikhura Sachkhere on July 17 at Ataturk Stadium in Bursa The match was Bursa’s first of the season, as the Spor Toto Super League will not be under way until the end of August.Finishing touches“I cannot criticize my players for the performance at the beginning of the season,” GuneI said, noting that the team played well but failed to capitalize on the chances it created in the first match.

“We needed to decorate this [game] with a victory, but we did not,” he added.“We were forced to play a bit slow [due to injuries].

We did not get the desired result. Of course we are sad,” he said.

A new and improved Bursa will have to come back with the ability to score goals in order to aance.Chikhura made it as far as the second elimination round last year and has limited prior experience.

Bursaspor has quite a bit more, having made it to the third qualifying round last year and playing in the playoffs the two seasons prior to that. In the UEFA Champions League, the Crocs have lost six of their seven matches, but gained a valuable education in top international competition.

This puts the Crocs in a better spot than their Georgian opponents, but Bursa will likely be missing Onurcan Piri and Emre TaIdemir, who were both undergoing treatment for injuries earlier in the week.Starting out slowThe first leg was Ienol GuneI’s first trial with the club.

He is an experienced coach who signed on with the Crocs this May. The former goalkeeper is best known in Turkey for guiding the national team to an improbable third place in the 2002 World Cup.

But he does not have any honors as a manager in UEFA competition, which is something he is definitely pursuing.He came to the head of a troubled Bursaspor earlier this summer The club was flying high in 2009, when it won its maiden Super League Championship.

Last year was considerably rockier and the Crocs went through three coaches. Hikmet Karaman was sacked in August to make way for German Christoph Daum, who was fired in March.

Irfan Buz took over for the remainder of the season.GuneI resigned from his third stint at Trabzonspor in the middle of the 2012-2013 season due to the club’s poor performance.

He was without a job until Bursaspor picked him up. It is now imperative that GuneI produce some good results, both for his sake and Bursaspor’s.

And he will have to achieve this without injured Fernandao.The match kicks off at 8 pm at Mikheil Meskhi Stadium It will be officiated by Poland’s Tomazs Musial, aided by Radoslaw Siejka and Sebastian Mucha on the sidelines with Pawel Raczkowski as the fourth official.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman