The pressure in the Super Lig is like in England or Germany says Bilic

Beşiktaş manager Slaven Bilic revealed that the pressure in the Süper Lig is just as high if not worse than in England and Germany.

“There is so much pressure here, perhaps even more than England and Germany, it is crazy,” Bilic told Bosnian television channel BHT.

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“Every game in Turkey is under so much scrutiny, every game is analysed to the most minute detail, the tv channels are full of football debate shows and it has a huge influence on peoples lives.”

Beşiktaş have an estimated 10-15 million fans, the club has a television channel, radio station and the Çarşı fan group is one of the largest NGO’s in the country.

Bilic admitted that is near impossible not to be affected by the pressure but that is can also be an advantage.

“It is impossible not to feel the pressure but if you use it as a motivational tool it can work in your favour,” he added.

“It is all about striking the right balance.”

Turkey is the sixth largest footballing economy in the world and the sport is the most popular in the country.

Beşiktaş are currently second in the Süper Lig, just one point behind league leaders Galatasaray.

The Black Eagles will take on Istanbul minnows Başakşehir next on Monday.