Spain Is Ready, Is Fatih Terim's Turkey Ready?
It is probably the most important and most exciting match on Saturday on the road to the 2010 World Cup.
Spain says they are ready for the big showdown with Fatih Terim's Turkish National Team, back-to-back.
Spain is perfect in their last 29 matches. They sit on top of group five in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification with 12 points in four matches. The Turkish National team is in second place with eight points.
Spanish Bulls coach Del Bosque, a former coach of Besiktas team, who was called by Turkish media as "Butcher of Yenikoy," when he was coaching in Istanbul, knows Turkish football and the players very well.
For Spain, striker David Villa, midfielders Xavi and David Silva, and defenders Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique have all recovered from minor injuries and will be available to play against Turkish National Team.
Star studed Bulls of Spain, who have five players from the Liverpool team, want to win these two matches.
What about Fatih Terim's Turkey? Is he worrying about his player's circumstances? Most of his players are from Fenerbahce and Galatasaray.
Both teams are having a poor season in the Turkish Tirkcell Super League. This is a nightmare for Fatih Terim, but it's not the only problem.The Turkish National Team has a huge problem with defense.
I think this will be the weakest link for Terim and Turkish National team. Midfield and the keeper position look set in Fatih Terim's mind for Saturday .
The other problem area is the forwards.
Will it be Semih Senturk or Nihat Kahveci?
Will he play 4-3-3 or 4-5-1?
These are the questions, I believe, Terim asks himself when he goes to bed.
Fatih Terim is very good at giving players an extra push with his unusual style of coaching from the sideline and before the big matches. He knows this is a big match for him and the Turkish National team.
He even tells his players, "If we beat world's number one team Spain in their own house, every one in the world will talk about us." Last time Turkey beat Spain was in 1945, and Turkey won the match 1-0.
So, nothing is impossible.
Spain is the Europe's and World's best team. But, "comeback kings" of Europe, who finish third in the last European competition. Turkey playing with their soul and pride could pull a upset score in Spain on Saturday.
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