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It seems like a very common-sense concept, right? If your midfield is going to create goal-scoring opportunities, you need strikers to put them into the back of the net.
It seems this logic escaped Guus Hiddink, who definitely hurt his reputation of being a managerial genius by looking like an idiot with the team he put out against Croatia.
Despite having home-field advantage and knowing that it was crucial that Turkey win and not simply draw in this first leg of the two teams' Euro 2012 playoff, Hiddink fielded a Turkey team with no real striker.
Burak Yilmaz was included as a quasi-striker (Yilmaz is more of a wing-forward than an actual forward), but Yilmaz was far too isolated up front by himself, and quickly drifted out of the game as he was completely neutralized by Croatia's defense.
This effectively eliminated any offensive threat that Turkey could've posed, and resulted in Turkey only taking one real shot all game, which was off target.
Meanwhile, both Croatia strikers, Mario Mandzukic and Ivica Olic, managed to score and regularly terrorized Turkey's defense.
Turkey doesn't have the best supply of strikers, but they definitely could've put out another decent striker alongside Burak Yilmaz.
Why did Guus Hiddink wait until the 81st minute to send on Umut Bulut? Why wasn't Mevlut Erding of PSG, arguably Turkey's best pure striker, called up for the playoff games?
These are questions Hiddink will definitely be asked when the game is analyzed by Turkish journalists and football experts.