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Why the European Championships' Group A is wide open
Jun 9, 2021, 3:06:00 AM

Why the European Championships' Group A is wide open

The European Championships’ Group A has Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, and Wales. It is one of the most competitive fields in the tournament this time around. Italy is the favourite but you can expect the other three teams to perform at a high level too.

Every team in Group A is on a similar level which is why this has intrigued so many people. Italy is a historically strong team but they’re not on the same level as squads like Belgium and France who are the favourites to win the event this year. Let’s dive into what makes this group the one to watch.

Italy

Roberto Mancini is well known for his time with Manchester City and his free-flowing offence. Defence is also a big priority of his which is a good sign that this team will keep playing at a high level. 

They have bright talents across the board which is headlined by Gianluigi Donnarumma as the goalkeeper, Nicolò Barella in the midfield, and Ciro Immobile as the main striker. These players alone make up a great core and good pieces are there.

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Their defence is still led by the veteran duo of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini. It has been a long time since this duo started their partnership but they’ve been superb ever since they started teaming up in the system. 

There are so many talents who can shine on this team as the likes of Marco Verratti and Lorenzo Insigne can grow into better stars. Hopefully, Italy can play better since they make the level higher. 

Switzerland 

Switzerland usually surprises people with good runs. They have a good lineup but it’s still deemed underrated. Coach Vladimir Petkovic has done well since the team made the last 16 of both the latest World Cup and European Championships under his watch. 

They are well-rounded with the likes of Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri as their main stars. The team will heavily rely on those two stars since they control a large chunk of their offence. The defence will be handled by the likes of Manuel Akanji and Yann Sommer.

Switzerland is seen as a strong team since they can perform at a high level as evidenced by their runs in the last few big events. They can play better since they have better stars now.

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Wales

The Wales squad is mostly dependent on Gareth Bale. The Madrid winger is known for his time with Los Blancos and how he won the Champions League against Liverpool in 2018. Of course, he fell off because of a mix of injuries and disagreements with his coaches. 

They will most likely be the weakest team in the group but they can still pull off surprises. With the likes of Daniel James, Neco Williams, and Ethan Ampadu, there will be a chance for this squad to win. 

Turkey

After Italy, Turkey should be the favourite to win the group. They impressed in the qualifiers as they collected four points over reigning world champions France. Çağlar Söyüncü is the star of the show on the defensive end. 

Burak Yılmaz is also the peak performer in the forward line. It will be interesting to see how they will perform as they have a high ceiling under the guidance of their coach Şenol Güneş. 

This will be a display where you can see the best teams in one of the toughest groups in the event.

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Words: Cholo Martin

Image: PA