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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Besiktas ready for Europa League and CSKA Sofia

The only Turkish team who qualified to play in the Europa League group stages, Besiktas is ready to take the first step in the group , against CSK Sofia on Thursday in Istanbul.

Besiktas with a good start to the season with five wins and a draw in six games during the preliminary round of the Europa League, and three victories in four games in the Spor Toto Super League.

Besiktas's main injury concern is winger Ricardo Quaresma, who scored three goals in qualifying, with Schuster to decide whether to rest the tricky Portuguese ahead of the derby match against Fenerbahce.

Besiktas is the favorite to open their campaign with victory against the Bulgarians, who have struggled so far this season in their domestic league.

Besiktas midfielder Rodrigo Tabata is sure his side will be focused on their Europa League opener against CSKA Sofia, despite their weekend derby against Fenerbahce looming large.

"The derby has arrived in a difficult time and our rivals will know that," the Brazilian said.

"The derby will be a great weekend, there is no doubt, and we want to win that game.

"We have important matches in the league and in Europe and we know what we must do.

"First we have CSKA Sofia and we want to make a good start.

"It is one of our objectives to do well in Europe and if we want to fulfil that we need to finish this game with a victory."

Kick off time for Besiktas v CSK Sofia match is at 10:05 local time (5 PM,ET)

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