Sport Ianis Hagi and Rangers wow Turkish media but Steven Gerrard's side suffer shock 'extremely mediocre' verdict

13:30  02 october  2020
13:30  02 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Rangers playmaker Ianis Hagi won praise for his performance against Galatasaray, as the Turkish media lamented a Europa League defeat.

Gala came to Ibrox on Thursday night for a one-off game to try and reach the group stage, but went down 2-1.

Coach Fatih Terim had never lost a European qualifier before and lamented the errors his team made.

He said after the match: "They played against a good team and that just underlined the errors.

"We played a good team and we shouldn't have expected the performance we got from some players.

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"You might get away with playing that way in the Turkish league, but not in a European match."

If the coach's assessment was brutal it was nothing compared to the local media.

Fanatik wrote: " Galatasaray hit the Rangers wall in Europe" as they lamented the performance of Turkish sides.

Ianis Hagi, son of Gala legend Gheorghe, won praise and that stood in stark contrast to the assessment of Ryan Babel, Steven Gerrard 's former Liverpool team-mate.

Mehmet Demirkol of Fanatik wrote: "Babel is not very interested in the team, he usually tries to do his own thing. For this reason, Galatasaray started the game passively.

"Of course, Rangers' pace was also challenging. The balls Hagi slid calmly behind the defence were expected to be dangerous, because there were three passing options every time.

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"But it was surprising that Galatasaray could not find a solution to this. It's almost the only plan of the opposition, as well as dead balls.

"Unable to prevent Rangers from being so effective in both halves of the match, and when Hagi finds those passes that split the entire defense and, eventually the assist in a very comfortable position, one cannot help but think about it.

"Yesterday was not just a defeat but in fact a disaster for Turkish football. Hopefully hitting this bottom will be the start of a new beginning."

Osman Senher of Milliyet also had some harsh words for Babel: "A team like Galatasaray does not and should not have the luxury of making the kind of mistakes they did. Unfortunately, whatever we talk about is in vain.

"As long as we deal with these vicious conflicts, no Turkish team will be successful in Europe from now on. It is not possible anyway, the way Turkish clubs build their squads is not enough for us to compete with the Europeans.

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"Last night I looked at Galatasaray... Ryan Babel, who was signed last season, plays like a saviour on the left wing.

"I don't know what he was playing for."

"When we look at the opponent, the tempo and physique of the Dutch player is insufficient. For that reason, he couldn't contribute to his team."

Babel wasn't the only big name who was slaughtered by the Turkish press.

Erman Ozgur of Fanatik lamented: "Rangers came out for the second half and solved the final pass problem that was true for both teams in the first half.

"Arfield scored the goal on the Hagi assist, who made the defenders pay the price for staying away from their opponents.

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"And Rangers, who got the second with the left-back Barisic finding the head of right-back Tavernier, also did the defensive phase perfectly.

"On the pitch, special talents such as Babel, Falcao, Feghouli, Belhanda, of whom we expected a lot in European competition, disappeared."

Levent Tuzemen of Sabar felt the Turks were totally unprepared to face Rangers.

He wrote: "Unfortunately the Galatasaray technical delegation didn't do their homework properly on Rangers.

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"It was a big mistake to go out there with only Taylan in the middle against such a strong, aggressive and fast-paced team.

"Whenever Rangers attacked the whole load was on the Luyindama-Marcao centre-back duo.

"Gerrard put Babel in his top 11 Liverpool team-mates and while it's a nice gesture it's complete fantasy. Babel couldn't even walk."

Fotomac's Zeki Uzundurukan praised both Hagi and Filip Helander.

He said: "Falcao never touched the ball in the first half, Helander marked him like a shadow.

"Rangers aren't just a team that defends positions and opponents well though, they're just as effective in attack.

"Just as things were going well Ianis Hagi, who was born and raised in Florya took out the entire defence with an assist for Arfield and Rangers took the lead."

Serkan Korkmaz pointed to the symbolic nature of the defeat, writing: "European conquerors Galatasaray were eliminated by an extremely mediocre team.

"This bitter defeat, which coincides with the birthday of the 115-year-old club which was established to beat foreign teams, is very meaningful.

"Moreover this happened with the living legend Fatih Terim, architect of the club and the greatest successes in Turkish football history, on the sidelines."

However, he also had praise for Hagi.

"The young Hagi was much more prominent than those who played in the yellow and red shirts.

"Anyway, let's go back to our agenda and focus on who will be champion in our league this year. Does it even matter?"

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