“I was not surprised, Trabzonspor are avery tough team to play against,” Kartal was quoted as saying by Eurosport TR.
Trabzonspor beat the Lions at the Avni Aker stadium to move into fifth place in the league table.
Galatasaray who started the week in first place ended up in third after Beşiktaş beat Kasımpaşa 5-1.
Kartal underlined that his side must now make the most of their advantage and win all remaining games.
“The title race is in our hands now, we we win all our games until the end of the season we will win the championship,” he added.
Fenerbahçe beat Bursaspor 1-0 at the Şükrü Saracoğlu stadium to move into first place, one point ahead of Beşiktaş.
The Yellow Canaries take on Eskişehirspor on the road next in the league.