Beşiktaş eyes home victory against Leipzig
Turkish champion Beşiktaş wants to maintain its good start to the Champions League on Sept. 26 when it hosts RB Leipzig for the first time as the German upstart hunts a maiden win in its debut season in Europe.
The Istanbul lost a heated derby at Fenerbahçe 2-1 on Sept. 23 and finished with eight men as five players were sent off in the game in total, including the club's Portuguese star Ricardo Quaresma.
The post-game press conference was attended by Beşiktaş assistant coach Şeref Çiçek instead of head coach Şenol Güneş, who was sent to the stands by the referee in the second half.
The derby game is over and it is time to focus on the Champions League game, Çiçek told reporters.
Beşiktaş kicked off its campaign with a 3-1 win at Porto but is seeking a first victory against German opposition at the eighth attempt. The club has a good home record on the European stage, having lost just once in 17 games, but drew all three fixtures in last season's group stage.
Hıowever, it has lost all three previous home matches against Bundesliga visitors without scoring, and has been beaten in all but one of its games against German sides overall.
Leipzig finished second to Bayern Munich last year in its first season in the Bundesliga, but has made a slower start to the new campaign, losing twice already. In the other game of Group F, Monaco, which drew 1-1 with RB Leipzig in its first game, hosts Porto.
Porto has fond memories of its only previous encounter with Monaco -- Jose Mourinho's side beat Didier Deschamps' team 3-0 in the 2004 Champions League final in Gelsenkirchen.
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