Our special Euro 2021 dossier
Groups under the microscope:
Group A with Italy
Group B with Belgium
Group C with the Netherlands
Group D with England
Group E with Spain
Group F with France
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At first glance, Italy are the big favorites in Group A, but Turkey, Wales and Switzerland each have their own strengths when it comes to challenging
Squadra Azzurra players.
Turkey, the least well-placed nation of the four in the FIFA rankings (29th), will be able to rely on its Lille players (and French champions) in form: Burak Yilmaz, Yusuf Yazici and Zeki Celik as well as a positive balance of 5 games unbeaten in 2021.
Wales, on the other hand, can count on the great form of young Harry Wilson and Tottenham striker Gareth Bale, his number 1 star. Coach Robert Page's players nevertheless remain on two defeats against Belgium in March and France. France in early June, and a draw against Albania.
Thirdly, Switzerland, the second highest-rated nation in this group (13th in the FIFA rankings), has posted a series of 5 victories since November 2020 and its stars Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri are there.
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For its part, Italy is based on a series of 8 victories with a minimum two-goal difference each time.
However, his midfielder Marco Verratti is coming back from injury (knee).
The Parisian should gain strength over the competition.
Nevertheless, one thing is certain: Roberto Mancini's players will be able to rely on the support of their supporters at the Olimpico Stadium in Rome.
The capital has, in fact, obtained the status of host of the competition.
Playing at home its three group matches remains a considerable asset even if the maximum gauge has been announced at 25% of the stadium.
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Despite everything, Italy will have a hard time facing Turkey, Wales and Switzerland. The friendly matches in early June preceding the Euro have also revealed the state of form of each team. Turkey won easily against Moldova (2-0), as did Switzerland against Liechtenstein (7-0) while the Welsh, quickly reduced to 10, lost to France (3-0 ) on June 2. In this group, the cards are redistributed. Turkey especially needs to be watched very closely. She could be the troublemaker of the group.