When Besiktas take on Konyaspor later today, the players will surely be aware of the importance of the three points that are on offer tonight. Take them, and the Black Eagles will conserve their chances of winning the league for the first time since 2009, although the outcome is no longer in their hands. Lose the game, and the season will be all but over.
A season packed with ups and downs has brought Besiktas close, but the reality is that the team have been too inconsistent, losing unnecessary points along the way. Having started the season with impressive performances against Arsenal in the Champions League qualifying round, followed by a rather successful run in the Europa League (e.g. defeat of Liverpool), the euphoria around the club has now slowly diminished.
Despite the league being the most exciting in years and probably going down to the wire, Besiktas will have to blame themselves if they end up not winning the title, which actually seems to be the most likely outcome. Nevertheless, let us watch the space and enjoy a league that normally does not offer a three-horse race.
In any case, with new stadiums such as Besiktas’ Vodafone Arena to be added over the coming years, the SuperLig seems to have a brighter future ahead and Turkish teams might finally find themselves competing for more than just domestic honours in years to come. Until then, let us enjoy the chaos and root for one of the three Istanbul teams that are still in the running.