Turkish powerhouse Besiktas are in desperate need of a good result against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday, but head coach Mustafa Denizli is aware that beating the Premier League champions won't be easy.
"Going back to the first game in Istanbul against United, Besiktas
played good football, as we did against Wolfsburg, but the results
didn't go our way," Denizli was quoted as saying by Turkish reporters.
"As a coach I'd almost prefer to be able to set up my side knowing we'll be against the Manchester United first-choice team,
with more familiar players that we in Turkey know more about.
will go out with our own game plan, but our future is not just in our
hands. It all depends on how we do and what other teams do too. Our aim
is to always go as far as possible in Europe.
"United's approach is that
they want to win every game regardless of the position they're in. They
may have already qualified but they'll want to win, because that's what
United always strive to do.
"Even if they do play some youngsters, those
may well be stars of the future. For example Rafael and [Darron] Gibson will
definitely be stars – I'm 100 per cent sure of that."
United have already qualified for the knock-out phase with ten points from four games, while Besiktas sit last in the table with only one point.
Stefan Coerts, Goal.com