Avci has eyes on Europa League spot

Başakşehir manager Abdullah Avcı believes his side have a good chance at making it into the Europa League next season.

The Istanbul based side are currently in fourth place on 43 points after 25 games this season.

Başakşehir will take on second placed Beşiktaş in the mini Istanbul derby on Sunday 5 April.


“We are in good condition both mentally and physically,” Avcı told Lig Tv.

“We have different targets from our opponents, but there are nine weeks to go and we want to get a result against Beşiktaş.”

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Avcı also underlined that his side will be under less pressure than their Istanbul rivals going into the game as nobody expected them to be in this situation.

“They have more stress, we have self-confidence and my players are relaxed,” he said.

“I hope that they will reflect this on the pitch in a positive way.”

Başakşehir have kept 12 clean sheets this season and have the best defensive record in the league.

Avcı’s side have conceded the fewest goals in the league. The Istanbul minnows have only let in 18 league in total this season.