The groups at the European Championship: "Portugal is France light, Turkey is a dark horse"

The fact that the Red Devils will meet Russia, Denmark and Finland in the group stage of the European Championship is gradually becoming known. But which posters do we get in the other groups and what are the value ratios? In our special from De Tribune, Peter Vandenbempt and Aster Nzeyimana take you by the hand.

Group A

Our commentators: “Italy was not there at the World Cup, but just for their national anthem they should get a wildcard. They take advantage of the year’s postponement, because they have grown. They are co-favourites. Only downside: Ciro Immobile is a good striker, but not really with the national team.”

“Over Turkey it is said to be the best Turkey since 2002. The Turks are quoted among the dark horses. Turkey-Italy, that will be a very exciting opening match. In the qualifying campaign, the Turks achieved 4 out of 6 against France, although that is actually irrelevant, because we are talking about matches from June and October 2019.”

Group C

Our commentators: “There’s a bit of optimism in it now The Netherlands, albeit on the basis of the 3-0 against Georgia in the goodbye match. You can’t call this Orange a bad team, can you?”

“A lot is said about Frank de Boer’s 3-5-2. Louis van Gaal was just not burned at the stake for that choice at the 2014 World Cup, but he did make it to the semi-finals.”

“By the way, too little credit is given to Memphis Depay. Remove him and then this is a mediocre team. Then they don’t even win their group.”

“Whether the Netherlands still evokes an unpleasant feeling among the Red Devils? No Red Devil thinks: Oelala, we have often had problems with the Netherlands in the past. These self-conscious world stars are not thrown off balance by the Netherlands.”

Group D

Our commentators: “England has the most talented generation in a long time. Only problem: there is a lot of talent, but not every position is covered. The right back is, but you can ask questions about the goalkeeper and the central midfielders.”

“It’s a wonderful selection, but without experience and métier. But all those options can also be very useful: the important difference with the previous championships is that you can make 5 substitutions, even a 6th in overtime. That is half of your team. So wealth can be important.”

“England went to the World Cup in Russia without expectations, but it went very well. That has now changed: the pressure will be huge, also with the home games at Wembley. Are they ready to deal with that?”

Also note the match between Scotland and England: the Scots have been looking forward to this for 150 years, so to speak. The Scottish national coach responds well to what his team can do and that is not much. But think of the European Championship in 1988, where Ireland beat England 0-1. The Scots want to create such a moment for themselves.”

Group E

Our commentators: “The final is too ambitious for Spain, but in the friendly match against Portugal (0-0) they were very good. It’s just an attractive team that has to make up for something after that failed World Cup, although that tournament was impossible because of the story with national coach Julen Lopetegui.”

“The preparation has of course been terribly disrupted by the corona infections. They had already lost Sergio Ramos, now also their other captain with Sergio Busquets.”

“They had to miss a practice match and they miss a training week. That will play a role. But if you look at their team, you see a balanced team. There are many players who go to this European Championship with a good feeling.”

“A side note: strikers like Alvaro Morata and Gerard Moreno have nice statistics, but they only show that scoring ability at their clubs and not at Spain. There is no one to really finish it. But that is the common thread: many countries have too little scoring ability.”

Group F

Our commentators: “You can tell the strength of a team from those who don’t come: 9 players from the World Cup are not there and France can also leave guys like Dayot Upamecano at home.”

“There is only one team that you can label as the team to beat and that is France. Especially after the upgrade with Karim Benzema. Be sure that national coach Didier Deschamps has discussed this very well with the important players.”

Portugal is actually France light. They also have a lot of choice, but there are more pain points. Will they also get all the top players in one team? Joao Felix seems to be the child of the bill in the front for the time being.”

“Fernando Santos is a boring coach. Don’t forget: Portugal is the outgoing champion, but they didn’t win a single match at that previous European Championship, except for the final. Pragmatism and efficiency is their key.”

“Bee Germany there are too many problems behind it to play a major role of significance. And a lot will be determined by the atmosphere around the national coach. Joachim Löw will leave soon, but has stayed put and has now also brought back Thomas Müller… There is a lot of doom and gloom.”

“Yes, this is the group of death, but Portugal first plays against Hungary. If they win and France and Germany miss something in their first mutual duel, then they may think: oops… But it is quite possible that break through the top 3 countries 5, 5, 5 and 0 points, that’s a possibility, is it really the group of death?

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