Second in the Turkish league last season, Başakşehir made his debut in the UEFA Europa League, but can count on the experienced Emmanuel Adebayor, former player of FC Metz and AS Monaco, to try to get out of a Group C which includes also Braga, Ludogorets and Hoffenheim.
The attacker, who arrived in Turkey in January 2017, talks about his new challenge and evokes some memories in an interview exclusively with UEFA.com .
In conclusion, we would like to come back a few years and discuss the match you played with Real Madrid against Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League. You scored in the fourth minute of play. Do you remember?
Yes, of course I remember this game. If I remember correctly, I scored on corner. Shot by Ángel di María from the left if I remember correctly.
To tell you, it was not an easy goal. I wanted to take the ball and allow one of my teammates – Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesur Özil or Sami Khedira – to put it to the bottom, but I had the chance to put it myself.
When you play a UEFA Champions League quarter-final at Santiago Bernabéu and you have the chance to score quickly, you know the time will seem very long to your opponent.
During this match, you were replaced in the 74th minute and were given a standing ovation. Do you remember what you felt?
Yes, it was a very nice feeling. We’re not talking about a stadium with 13 or 14,000 fans. This club can count on 80, 90 or even 95 000 supporters. And when you know that these 95,000 applaud you, congratulate you, it is a beautiful sensation.
It was all the more special for me. You can not imagine what it gave in my country. There, half the country is for Real, the other for Barcelona so it was a very special evening for me. Can not count the number of calls I received after this game.
This kind of things makes Madrid so important to me today. If you ask me who is going to win the Champions League, which I want to win the trophy, I would answer the Real without hesitation. He’s part of me and I love this club.