Having already predicted greatness for Italy and some success for Wales, we move on to another Euro 2020 Group A team preview – Turkey.
Turkey is regarded as a dark horse for Euro 2020, which Italy are favourites for in this group. Although, the term “pre-tournament underdog” is overused, if not cliched.
This is because pre-tournament underdogs rarely live up to expectations, and still, this team is truly very hopeful.
This is undoubtedly the best Crescent-Stars team since Senol Gunes led them to third place in the 2002 World Cup.
After all, Gunes is back in charge and his team has had four points over World Champions France in qualification.
Euro 2020 Group A Team Preview – Turkey
The foundation of this Turkey 2.0 after 2002 WC Turkey is, finally, a well-built defense.
This, if you’ve watched this team in the past, may sound strange, but indeed, defending was not Turkey’s strong suit.
The lack of depth up front is a worry, to be honest. However, the team is capable of scoring from a variety of sources, including set-pieces and counter-attacking plays.
Now, this new Turkish team boasts of a strong back line, a hardworking midfield, as well as a goal-scoring threat. So, they’ve come together as a cohesive team.
Only one player over the age of 30 is expected to start this summer. So, the foundation of this young team should be around for the foreseeable future.
It’s possible that something exceptional is in the works for Turkey’s national football team. This summer, keep a sharp eye on them.
Besides all this, Turkey has a team that is well-suited to knockout events. It will thus be difficult to break down the team.
They may lack their flair in midfield, but this team is well-organized and capable of playing a possession game when necessary.
Amongst other football updates regarding form and fitness, Burak Yilmaz has had a resurgence at Lille this season.
So, he comes into the tournament in form, with a strong goal-scoring record for both his club and his country.
This is a well-balanced team with a strong defensive line. So, we believe Turkey has a good chance of reaching the semi-finals.