During the epidemic period, Beşiktaş, like almost every team, made its preparation camps in the garden of its house, namely at BJK Nevzat Demir Facilities, and after a long time went to Austria, which we can call the “garden of Europe”.
This camp, which lasted 12 days, was different from the previous camps of the black and white people who completed the first stage of their preparations for the new season in the Bad Haring region of Salzburg. Not only us, but also the football players said that the camp was going through unusually heavy training. But everyone was smiling.
Okay, the media was making headlines saying, “The football players are in a mess,” but those footballers were getting paid for their tiredness. I compared this camp to the camp of Slaven Bilic’s first season when he came to Beşiktaş. That heavy camp, which lasted about a month, was also in Austria. And in that camp, the football players were covered in newspaper language.
But Beşiktaş made a very fast entry into the league after that heavy camp. Just as Coach Valerien Ismael said at the last press conference at the camp, it was a start. The French coach wants to enter the league not fast, but very fast.
For this reason, Ismael teacher always kept the tempo of the trainings high. He brought the tactical board to the training field from time to time and instilled the system in all his players one by one. “Always press ahead,” he said. “Punish the opponent,” he said. “Besiktas should always play under pressure,” he said. He said many more things, but the most important were the statements “the struggle should not be given up”.
Valerien Ismael, who wants to carry Beşiktaş to the championship next season, which will not take place in the European cups, constantly warned during the training sessions. He talked constantly. He often stopped the game in his tactical work. Sometimes he said Cenk Tosun, sometimes he said Rosier. Whoever said the name, he said both the pros and cons at that moment. In general, the most hardworking football players in the camp are chosen, but in this regard, Valerien Ismael became the pennant among the most hardworking of the camp.
Weghorst-Muleka has adapted! Gedson and Cenk Tosun applauded
The most difficult period of the camps for journalists is when transfers join the camp. It was one of our biggest problems in our profession that the new transfer that joined the camp was overlooked when the clubs were not on the stock market, the news was in the digital environment and the photos were not on their social media accounts. But that’s not the time. Now we can even watch the planes that bring the transfers in the virtual world.
The most important feature of this camp was, of course, that the training was very heavy, but the fact that most of the transfers reached the first stage camp period was not a situation we are used to. Valerien Ismael was very happy that Beşiktaş Management and Sporting Director Ceyhun Kazancı trained Gedson, Saiss, Weghorst, Muleka and Cenk in the camp after a long and tiring work. While the knee injury he suffered in the national team kept Saiss away from team training, it was important for the technical team that the experienced defender was in that positive environment. He attended all the meetings. He did not interrupt his specially prepared program. He quickly became involved with the whole team.
There is no need to write Cenk Tosun anyway. As soon as he arrived, he took advantage of the training pace of the Premier League. He took care of the new young people in the team. Gedson Fernandes, on the other hand, was like the cliché “knows our league” in flesh and blood. Needless to say, his performance at camp. In the three friendly matches played, everyone could see what he was doing. As soon as Muleka arrived, he tried to keep up with the team’s tempo with extra work. Valerien Ismael plans to give her very important roles in the new season. Sometimes we will see him in assists and sometimes in goals.
Undoubtedly, Weghorst is one of the most important signings of the season. If we leave the inside of the field aside for now, the positive side is quite good. He quickly bonded with the team. We can even say that he achieved this fusion on the day he joined the camp. Their jokes and jokes with their new friends did not go unnoticed. All eyes were on him, of course, when the second half of the Mainz game came into play.
Even when Weghorst’s name was not on the newspaper pages, Valerien Ismael was telling Ceyhun Kazancı: “In the new season, I need a striker who can score goals not only with the feet but also with the head. You need someone who can pass and assist with both feet, not just the head. We need a striker who can hide the ball under pressure and breathe for the team.”
It’s too early to use clear statements, but Weghorst is a striker with these qualities. If luck is on his side, Beşiktaş may not have the same goal problem as last year.
The work of teamwork
The camps made before the new season are even more important than the critical matches in the season. Many details such as the place chosen for the camp, training grounds, hotel to stay, meeting rooms, meals to be eaten at the camp and transportation are important factors for a good camp. Beşiktaş, which generally chooses Austria for the camp and even aimed to come to this region last year, but stuck to the pandemic rules, this time realized a camp at the desired level. Valerien Ismael, who completed the camp almost flawlessly as a result of the efforts of the professionals within the club, thanked everyone who had the right to do so. Ismael congratulated everyone, especially the staff who organized the trip, provided the communication with the press and the club, and did not disrupt the security of the camp, and was especially pleased that the training grounds were very good.
Young people will follow closely
Putting aside names such as Rıdvan, Ersin and Emirhan İlkhan, Valerien Ismael took some young people from the academy to the Austrian camp with the A team. In general, young people are taken to the camps so that there is no numerical deficiency in the training matches, but the French coach watched the young people he took with his own eyes and recruited them.
Because he knew about them, he wanted to take the young people to this peaceful town of Austria. The success of Oğuzhan Akgün, who scored with Emirhan Delibaş, who assisted in the first match against Werder Bremen, did not surprise him at all. He already knew what young people were capable of. Valerien Ismael, who took the U-17 striker Semih Kılıçsoy to the camp to both see these environments and closely follow his performance, gave a passing grade to all the youth.
The French coach will have to eliminate some names before the Spanish camp. But he will not forget the names he eliminated. The management will follow up closely by giving those names to various teams with the guaranteed rental method to play. The reason they were eliminated is not because they are bad, but because they can gain more experience, improve their skills more and have a club already.