With Euro 2020 only around 9 days away, we will see Turkey face Italy on June 12 in Rome in the first round.
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Date: 12 Jun 2021 (Sat)
Prediction for the Group A Turkey VS Italy
Turkey is not a traditional football powerhouse but they had participated in four previous tournaments prior to this year’s Euro, the most recent in 2016. Although Turkey was eliminated in the group stage in two of their four games, playing in the semi-finals of the Euro 2008 is their best outing to date. After beating Croatia with a penalty kick in the quarter-finals, Turkey lost out to the last-minute champion from Philip Lahm when they faced Germany in the semi-final.
In the Euro 2020 qualifiers, Turkey had finished second in their group, below France and ahead of Iceland, Albania, Andorra, and Moldova. It’s no secret that Turkey’s defense is their strong point as they built a solid wall to defend their goal, conceding only 3 goals in 9 matches in the qualifying round.
Facing Italy in Rome may prove the most challenging task for the Turks in recent years. Turkey’s rising stars who are motivated and talented, such as Cengiz Under and Merih Demiral and Ligue 1 star Burak Yilmaz may be a key factor in Turkey’s progress this summer.
Italy is the headline of Group A as they possessed the strongest squad out of these four teams without a doubt. After missing out on the 2018 Russia World Cup, they are ready for returning to the major international tournament scene.
Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini could be looking to avenge Italy’s absence from the World Cup. Firstly, he has selected a group of young and outstanding players, who are energetic and powerful. Secondly, he has changed Italy’s previous defensive style to offensive football. He preferred the 433 attacking formation, but at the same time, he did not lower the team’s defensive standard.
An almost perfect qualification setting saw Mancini lead Squadra Azzura to an excellent record of 10 wins from 10 games; in addition, they conceded a mere four goals. Also, They won a difficult Nations League A group and were able to defeat North Ireland, Bulgaria, and Latvia in a 2022 WCQ game. Proof of Squadra Azzura’s re-birth is the fact that the Italian selection has been undefeated since September 2018.
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