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European Championships Team Profile - Turkey
Jun 4, 2021, 6:00:00 AM

European Championships Team Profile - Turkey

As one of the most underrated teams in the region, Turkey is a solid underdog that people should believe in during the European Championships. Let’s dive into what makes Turkey a good team in the event.

In the qualifiers for the event, Turkey was one of the top teams. They finished second in their group just behind reigning World Cup champs France. Coach Şenol Güneş and his team proved that they were a top-tier team especially on the defensive side of the game. They kept eight clean sheets while only conceding three goals during the qualifiers. 

Turkey is known as a consistent team in the region in the past two decades. Back in the World Cup in 2002, they finished third. In terms of talent level, this 2021 squad is arguably the best since the early 2000s. It will be hard to play against this team since they are tough on both sides of the pitch. Güneş has a good system he’s employing which is interesting given that he has so many options in the system. 

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They have star talents

Interestingly, Turkey has star talents compared to years before. Güneş knows how to use a lineup like this to perform at a high level. Now that they have stars on their team, you can expect players like Leicester City star Çağlar Söyüncü and Juve’s Merih Demiral are the two players who can be relied upon to make great defensive plays. 

They even have solid backups with Ozan Kabak leading the charge. Even if he had a rough stretch with Liverpool in the past few months, he’s still young which means he has more time to improve which is beneficial for a young player with high potential. At the same time, they have a gap in the lineup as they don’t have solid depth in the left-back role. 

They have young players there which means they have to trust the development of these players so that they can rely on their left side to be stronger. In the other parts of the team, there are supreme talents headlined by veteran striker Burak Yılmaz who was key to Lille’s surprise Ligue 1 victory in the 2020-21 season. 

Trusting Güneş is the best move

If Turkey wants to win consistently, they need to keep scoring goals. Their defence might be tough but you can expect them to perform on the offensive side of the pitch. Güneş said, ‘Burak is still learning every single day, he is a great example to the younger players’.

Güneş knows how to perform on the big stage. He once coached the ‘golden generation’ of Turkish players in the early 2000s. He prides himself on being called a teacher for the young players and with most of the team on that side of the age spectrum, he wants to lead them properly. Güneş should be trusted in what he wants to do so they can win.

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Words: Cholo Martin

Image: PA