Posted: 07.08.2014 11:20 Post subject: Europa League 2014/15
Karabükspor and 46-year-old coach Tolunay Kafkas, therefore, will be striving to complete unfinished business on Thursday in Trondheim, but they must score to accomplish this feat, because in football you can’t win if you don’t score.
“We can say our chances [of advancing] are even,” Kafkas said. “We are inexperienced, and so it is very difficult to perform at this level of European football, where experience is very important. However, we are a good team. Maybe we will have to change our strategy, because Rosenborg is also desperate to advance. As hosts, they have the home advantage and will try to capitalize on that,” he noted.
After finishing seventh, its best-ever performance in the top-flight, Karabükspor, along with eighth placed Bursaspor, filled in for Sivasspor and Eskişehirspor, who were banned from UEFA competitions due to their involvement in a match-fixing scandal.
Bursaspor bowed out of the competition after losing in a penalty shoot-out to Georgia’s unheralded Chikhura Sachkhere, leaving Karabükspor as the sole Turkish side in the round.