Mancini in Turkey debut loss ... against a team you've probably never heard of

Roberto Mancini

Former Manchester City manager has lost his first Turkish league game in charge of Galatasaray.

Manchester City fans will always have a special place in their hearts reserved for Italian Roberto Mancini - the man who took them to their historic and dramatic first, and so far only, Premier League title.

But the days of Aguerooooo are gone and after leaving City at the start of the summer he has just been given the role at ambitious Turkish giants Galatasaray - where he finds himself in charge of top talent such as Didier Drogba, Wesley Sneijder and Burak Yilmaz.

After an impressive first game against Juventus, in which his side drew 2-2 against the Italian champions he came up against a beast he has never heard of before, and likely one you haven’t before today either.

And he clearly did not know what to expect up against the Manisa based side Akhisar Belediyespor.

The side, who were promoted to the top tier of Turkish football for the first time last season, finished 14th in the 18 team Turkish Super Lig in 2012-13 - and Galatasaray should have walked all over them.

If you are looking for reference points I would be struggling to give you much. Former Reading and Stoke City defender Ibrahima Sonko currently plays for them, while Alessandro Riedle, the son of former Liverpool striker Karl-Heinz Riedle also plays for them.

Other than that … I am struggling.

Yesterday however it was the prodigious young Senegalese forward Oumar Niasse who caught the eye. His double took him to five goals in seven games since making the move from SK Brann in Norway - and the unknown quantity clearly took Mancini and his troops by surprise.

In the end, despite a Didier Drogba goal, Gala were deservedly beaten, and Mancini must use the international break to study the league he is playing in, and accommodate to this brand new challenge.

Or else … the Gala fans are not renowned for their patience.

Here are the highlights of the game …

image: © Andrew Brannan

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