Shortly after the success of picking up a point at Juventus Stadium on 2 October 2013, Roberto Mancini failed to overcome the first domestic hurdle he faced as Galatasaray manager as his side lost 2-1 to Akhisar Belediye.
But the Turks bounced back to win their next three league games on the trot: 2-1 against Karabukspor with Wesley Sneijder scoring both goals, 4-2 against Kayserispor in an impressive performance and another 2-1 against Konyaspor, this time on the comeback after a wayward goalkeeping clearance was capitalised on by Recep Aydin.
But after the 1-0 European defeat to FC Copenhagen that followed, Galatasaray were once again beaten domestically after a Champions League game.
This time it was an especially bitter loss seeing as their conquerors were fellow Istanbul-based club Fenerbahce, their rivals in one of the fiercest derbies in world football.
Mancini’s men fared better in their next outing, though, emerging 2-1 winners against this year’s Superlig surprise package Sivasspor, who have enjoyed real success under the stewardship of Roberto Carlos. It was an exhilarating game which involved four red cards and two penalties, with Burak Yilmaz and Selcuk Inan netting for the hosts.
Burak Yilmaz, joint most lethal marksman in the league for Galatasaray along with Didier Drogba, was the man on the scoresheet in a 1-1 draw away at Kasimpasa. Not a poor result on paper, but one that will no doubt have left the Turks frustrated all the same as they looked to catch up with league leaders Fenerbahce.
The team’s most recent result was last Friday’s comfortable 2-0 home win over bottom-placed Elazigspor, three points which took them up to third in the Super Lig table behind Kasimpasa and Fenerbahce.