‘Hali Umut Meler is the best referee in Turkey at the moment’

Galatasaray met with Medipol Başakşehir in the 33rd week of Spor Toto Super League. Galatasaray won the game with a score of 1-0.

After the fight, Galatasaray Coach Okan Buruk evaluated the match at the press conference.

Stating that the race is not over yet and that they should continue with the same concentration and enthusiasm in the remaining weeks, Okan Buruk said, “After the match we lost last week, it gave us light in the weekdays training. We were active until the end of the first half. Looking at the match in general, I think we deserved to win. We did not give our opponent a very clear position. Our opponent is an organized team. They ran behind the defense. We didn’t give very clear positions. The players showed the importance they gave to this match on the field. We got a deserved win. The most important thing is to stand up again after losing a game for a week. A lot of people looking for us after last week’s game There were people. They told us that we are the leader, that we are the team that is ahead by 3 points, that we have to trust ourselves and that we have come a long way in the league with the game we have played since the beginning of the season. We have confidence in ourselves. We prepared well before the match. Today I stand before you with 3 points. The difference with our closest opponents has increased to 5 points. .This is also important to me.It’s not over. In the next matches, we must continue with the same seriousness, the same concentration and the same desire.”


Adding that he was satisfied with Sergio Oliveira’s performance, Buruk said:

“He did what I wanted offensively for me in the first half of the match. He was in the penalty position. There will be some conceders and mistakes in the game. Today, I especially applauded every single conceder. I wanted our audience to have the same reaction. Everyone is watching the match excitedly. Sergio’s performance. “I’m happy. He was a little tired in the last episode. After entering Midtsjö, he gained momentum. Everyone was very happy at the end of the match. There was a very happy atmosphere in the locker room.”


Stating that Fenerbahce’s loss of points against Giresunspor affected them positively in terms of self-confidence, Okan Buruk said, “Tactically, it did not affect them as 11, in terms of formation. It affected them positively in terms of morale, concentration and self-confidence. Such results, the opponent losing points the day before, “It gives motivation to the players. Getting 5 points ahead is a big goal for us. Yesterday’s match was an important motivation for us,” he said.

Halil Hope Meler


Pointing out that the referee of the match, Halil Umut Meler, managed the match well in general, Okan Buruk concluded his words as follows:

“The hand was clear on the penalty. From our club, the hand on the penalty was clear. In the field, the referee missed, turned from VAR. Icardi seemed to have a touch on the position. It was decided very quickly there. Sacha Boey received a yellow card, a wrong crown. It happened after the decision. He clearly came out of the opponent. Hali Umut Meler is the best referee in Turkey at the moment, the most fit referee. He also has mistakes. He is one of the most important referees to manage matches in Europe. In general, he managed a good match.”

Source: Cumhuriyet Gazetesi – Gündem by www.cumhuriyet.com.tr.

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