Davala hits back at critics
By Ugur Cakir
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Turkish World Cup star's performances in his country's last two matches of the finals has helped Senol Gunes's side reach the semi-final stage of the competition for the first time in their history.
The Milan midfielder, who will return home next season to play with Istanbul giants Galatasaray on loan, spoke on his official website about the criticism of his ability not to hold down a regular place with the Rossoneri yet still make the Turkish World Cup squad.
Davala said: "There was much criticism about me before the World Cup. Some people thought that if I cannot play in Milan, then why am I in the national team?"
28-year-old Davala added that, up until these finals in the Far East, semi-final opponents Brazil had received the support of Turkish football supporters.
"Before we supported Brazil because some European teams would snub us as an international organisation, so we supported Brazil for revenge against the European teams," he admitted.
"But Brazil is our rival at the moment."
Davala concluded that Galatasaray's Champions League campaign has been a serious challenge in the past, and that the supporters need to believe in Turkey's World Cup chances.
"When I played with Galatasaray in the Champions League, I said that we have big targets but some people cannot dream.
"I say dream again."