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Euro 2020(2021) Group A Preview | Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales


I run through an in-depth Euro 2020 Group A Preview analysing the form and key players of each side, as well as predicting the 6 results from the group games.


Laura and welcome back to the law podcast. Today we're here to talk about something different for once, other than Rugby League and AFL, which I'm really really excited about. We are on I'm recording this on the Tuesday and we are right on the eve, or not the day before, but you know what I mean, pretty much the eve the euro two thousand and twenty, what it's been called, but essentially the euro two thousand and twenty one championships in soccer or football, wherever you're based, and something about our international football I just absolutely loved. I'm a big fan of club soccer as well. I've been all over the premier league. I don't much podcast content on it in the last three or four months when I've been really into it, just because I've been focusing on the AFL and NRL as an Australian, but soccer is definitely been one of my main focuses in terms of sport in the last couple of months. So yeah, I've been really enjoying it and it's going to be really excited for the Euro Two thousand and twenty. I think it's coming from a rugby league background, where rat foot is so like iconic and loved more particular state of Oratin, but also international. I think that's where my love for the euros and the World Cup come from. Our you know, it's just a bit of like a super team really that I never like really watched the internationals that closely during the seasons. So it's almost a bit of like an avengers type thing, like when you look at the Belgian team, all these stars come together from all these great club sides and played together for their nation. I think it's really cool and what we're going to be doing today. I've no idea how long this is going to take. I have no idea whether this will be in parts or whether she's going to go up as one long episode or am I not even made that long. What we're going to do is go through the six groups. We're going to look at their recent form, their last ten games. are going to look at who they've beaten, who they've lost to, how their attack and defensive going respectively, how they've gone recent tournaments. We're also going to look at their key players statistically. I've done some statistical analysis over the Big Five Leagues in Europe this year and I'm going to look at each country's main plays and that obviously going to also look at WHO's had great seasons for their clubs based on achievement. It's like making team the seasons and stuff for their respective leagues. So we're going to made as well start off, not waste too much time because I think it will be a long one. But Starting Group A, I think this could be one of the better groups. I think everyone's just sayingly will waltz through and all this and that all the attention is maybe on the group of Death Down Group F, but I do think this is one of the more interesting groups, to be honest. We've got Italy. They would have there the number one seed. Obviously I think everyone would be expecting them to win it. They've had a pretty pretty good run. Car I the last ten rounds of into the lollock rounds be you know. I mean their last ten games. I'm also looking at last ten competitive batches. I'm not can out in friendlies because you know a lot of managers try a lot...

...of few things and friendly so I won't take that into account. So looking of their last ten, they've picked up twenty four points. They've had a fairly easy scheduled has to be said, especially compared to a lot of the other teams in their kind of threshold. But something that's been really impressive since reverto mentioning he's taken over, since the disappointment of missing out in the World Cup has been their defense. They're obviously been scoring goals winning a lot of games, but they're only concede three goals in their last ten games and although they might not have played the greatest of offenses or attacks as that's still a really impressive then, out of all the teams in this competition, as the least goals conceded in the last ten matches. So they're definitely one of the most informed teams coming into the competition and they're really exciting team. They're not quite like, as I mentioned they could defensively, which we think of when we think of Italian football, but they're not quite necessarily the stereotype of Italy. But I think of Italy someone who springs to minors, Daniela de Rossi, the grat spectrum, whom you know. He's like old defensively mind, and not necessarily the most thrilling player, but that's just what I think of when I think of the Talian football where now they've got this young crop of talent the Seria as a whole, which I think is reflected in this national team's rise. In the last couple of years, Seria has gone from probably the fourth best league in Europe to arguably the second first. It's really competitive. I've got seven or eight great teams, a lot of good managers and this is producing a lot of good young talents. So yeah, they're going to be a really, really exciting team to watch. I Love Roberta Manchini. Just seems like the coolest Bloke, like a lot of their players. Looking at their last four big torn performances, that they are sitting qualified for twenty eight Teen World Cup, highly talked about and it's better to say they haven't quite been Italy. The wave comes. Expect them and the quarterfinals in two thousand and sixteen euros and didn't get out of the group stage in two thousand and fourteen World Cup. The weather runs up in two thousand and twelve in the euros, but that's a long time ago. Now that's a completely different squad we're looking at. They keep plays statistically. Now this guy, unfortunately, is probably their biggest name you'd have to say, and he is injured and he's likely to miss the whole group stage. But Marco Veratti, he is one of the best passes in European football. Really been a mainstay at that Paceg mid few have four years and years just screening that defense. Is As a number eight, not necessarily a number six, but yeah, he's a key. Compton's been field. Some people saying you shouldn't even be picked because they've got the likes of Nicolaberella and Manuel look a telly and share Gino, who's just one of the Champions League, all in great form on their own accounts. But for me, if you're atys fit, he's got to be there. He has, I think, is he's about seven in terms of passes into the final third in all of European in he's about fifteen.

And most progressive passes he's just an absolutely jet and even with the ball at his feet he's about twelve or thirteen in progressive dribble. so He's really good of picking up the wall from halfway and moving it up forward and putting the rest of this Italian ball clubland, the rest of his peaceg team, on the front foot. But here, it will be for Italy. So for me he's got to be there if he does find fitness, I guess you could say for the knockout stages. But the other midfielders, as I mentioned before, Brella really exciting player, probably one of the people are pretty Ding to break out, you'd have to say. He's having sensational season things Milam or. People think he's gonna have a great tournament playing in that, you know, number eight kind of role. That midfield of the likes to attack. It also pitching defense. But the other midfielder, Manuel Lock Telly, similar to variety. Just a sensational player coming up a really good season and he's actually above Ratti in most of the passing stats, and that's no, that's no joke, but nothing to laugh at because Rodd he's in about the top fifteen for most of the progressive passing standings in Big Five Leagues in Europe and lock Telly's just around that top ten bark. So yeah, he's another player that's going to be really exciting to watch. And then they're key attacking weapon. You'd probably thinking of a mobile a or Bolotti there to set a pieces. I guess you could say as leaving the line for them. But for me it's still insignia. Is probably one of his last major tournaments where he's at the peak of his powers, but he is still such a suck. It's just such an important players in the top twenty for scoring chances created, which shock creation, sorry, not scoring, where he creates a shop for someone else, for his club side. So that's a really, really important start, I believe. And he's also up then progressive dribbles, as in the top twenty four that in Europe, and he's also in there for passes into the opposition box. So yeah, does it all really things going to be playing the left wing? Interesting to see who they played up forward, and moblay would be the pick for me, but BELOTTI has a belief started more of the friendlies than Amobile has, so that would be interesting to see. will be probably amobilays last European tournament. You'd have to say that thinks thousand one hundred and thirty two. So I hope he gets a crack at it because he is in sensational form and has been for years with Latzio, so I'd like to see him lead the line. But blotti could also get the get the nod. Other players who had really good seasons do an echo. Barati was really impressive once again for US swallow. They were right in and amongst the Eurorocal league spots, and he is going to be finding out with Kaiser for that right wing spot to oppose insignia on the left. So that some real big selection headaches. But that is something you certainly...

...will not complain at if you are Robert, to mentioni attacking in midfield, they're absolutely loaded. Their medfields arguably one of the best in the world. Defensively, a little bit worried. I've got some aging players, collar and Z Keelini, Bernucci still very reliant on those guys. But, and don't rum in the sticks, I believe he'll be playing in between at the two posts after boofons for retirement. So there are a few worries. They're not. I'm not a hundred percent confident that Italy will be true title contender, but we'll talk about how often they're going to go on the group after I chat about the other three sides. Switzerland, and with the greatest respect, I'm probably going to be focusing on the big teams more than the smaller team. So, like I don't if you're listening in your fan of one of the countries I don't touch on too much. Apologize for that, but don't to be here for days. Switzerland. They picked up eighteen points from their last ten games. Had a hardest last ten schedule, if you go I mean out of their out of Group A, and they've been pretty good at attacking wise. I scored nineteen goals in those ten games and they're only conceded ten. So that's a pretty gold pretty good goal differential, and although the play some of the bigger teams, they've also had some easy games that have maybe boosted that gold differentials. So I don't think we can fall into that track too much. They've been really consistent in international tournaments, in both the World Cups and the years, making it out of their group on the last three occasions. So I think it's hard to argue that they might be able to do that again. Their key player, he's controversial at club land, obviously, as Senal fans known very well in Premier League fans alike, and that is grant shacker, and although he gets a lot of stick for some of with the errors he makes, he does love failing about pass or slipping over or sign like that, but he is a very complier. He's in the top twenty in the Big Five European Leagues for Progressive Passing, also in the top ten, along with variety and Locatelly, like I mentioned from Italy, for passes into the final third. So he does like picking up the ball from his defenders and moving it forward, which is going to be important for a team like Switzerland that may find that hard to do against a good defense like Turkey or Italy. Other key players Romeo foller from the vice captain of Atalanta. Obviously Atlanta very well known team now, absolutely been lining up the Seria and European competitions in the last couple of seasons and he's been key to that. Swiss midfielder. And then the COL thirty years also want to watch, I think twenty four year old send back Bliebe, applies his trade for Russia. Watching glad back could be wrong with that, and Sefro, which will be leading the line. The Ben Fak striker made the league a loss team of the sea isn't, so he's obviously had a very good view with them as well. But JACQUA will be their keen men, partnering through light in that Midfield. It's going to be a very, very important job for those two. Not necessarily as starst O it is there. Maybe you...

...were two years ago, but the Stewart the likes of brilliant ball or Jodon Shakira, is still kicking, so they're not nothing to scoff at all. Moving into Turkey, out there one of the teams that have been taught heavily about as a dark horse, and I was into a podcast by the podcast pure football by these few Scottish lads. Definitely give that a listen if you haven't gotten Scottish top on. But take you seem to be really highly grated in Turkish circles and I don't know if the world quite necessarily shares those beliefs, but they are being predicted as a dark horse by a lot of teams and I can't lie. Their form doesn't necessarily suggest that they were very good in the euro qualifiers, but in the last ten across all competitions, they've only picked up sixty eight points and their drawer hasn't necessarily been the toughest and they're flaying some good sides, but they've also similar to suit some place and bad sides. They scored eighteen but they've been pretty leaking in defense because conceding thirteen. So they're just over, you know, the break even point for gold difference. And in terms of big performances in euro torn ands, we haven't seen much really since I believe it was was a two thousand two World Cup where they made the semi finals or something. Heard a lot of stories about that. Wasn't, you know, two years old then or one, but that in the last four they UN qualified for three and then in the two thousand and sixteen year as they didn't get out of the group stage. So not necessarily coming in with huge pedigree in recent tournaments. But they've got some really good, informed players. Across your top five leagues, I can child of blue, probably the most well known of those that really well known set peace taker, really dangerous from free kicks within thirty yards of the opposition goal. But he's a lot more than that. He is ranked fourth. I think he had the most key passes in Europe in total. But in terms of all my stats of pernity, by the way, if you were not wondering, and I saw some from football reference away, FB reft, so go check out if you have a great site. But how can cholder of blue is fourth in key passes across yours top five leagues. So that is incredible playing applying his TRIPE, that trade face in the line. He's also in the top ten for shot creating actions, so he's going to be creating a lot of chances for the attackers around it. And Barack your mass is probably going to be leading the line. Not a hundred percent sure with that, but he was. I believe he was huge in lills. I don't know how many goals he scored or anything, but he was big and lils Lee surprising title, I guess. I can't think of a better word, but you know, shocking, really know, and thought that was going to happen. And here's the reason for that. Leading the line for then you didn't made the League, our team the season. So He's obviously had a very good year. But there Altho, he's an attack and that's a good thing. At their stars are in the midfield and in defense they've got...

...some really well known names and at center back Kabak absolute gun. The air obviously doesn't look like Liverpool's going to be keeping him in a permanent but he's still very good young defender. They've also got Charla Si on shoe from lesser and then also got mirror demile from Uventus. They play for the back. So unfortunately one of those guys is going to miss out unless they somehow go through the back. So that's going to be really tough decision for the Turkish coach. But you can't really go wrong with those three. They're going to be a very, very solid force, which is interesting why they've been so leaky at the back, but it's potentially they haven't quite had solidity and can continuity in terms of selection. That been mixing and matching a lot with KABAC demoil and so I'm shoe. But the band from them is also very impressive player. He was part of, you know, a bit of an infamous side. West from didn't have a great year in the Premier League, but Okay U Kushoo, I believe it's had pronounce it. He at a very year. He was in the top fifteen for tackles and interception across the big five European Leagues and he was also in the top ten for recoveries. So he had a absolute barn stormer and probably US getting talked about. A lot of people talking about Pursum, a lot of people talking about indeed in terms of the defensive slide midfield, but you con sily not getting much loved where. If you look at the stats, suggest he will be a vital player for Turkey in these championships. And that leads us to the final team in this group, and it is Wales. They believe this on up. This is very shocking, but they're actually picked up the most points in their last ten competitive games. Out of this group. They picked up twenty five out of the possible thirty, and their schedule hasn't been ridiculously easy. It's very comparable to the other three sides. Their defense has been impressive, second best defense out of all the teams in this competition. Their last ten only contenting for incredible stuff. Don't have any big named defenders, so what one is they're working. Well done to them. Incredible stuff. However, there are only there. Only scored thirteen in the last ten, so a lot of one deal victories, and this is something that might put have a ceiling over them and cap their potential in this tournament, as they will be playing the likes of Italy, who are a very good defensive record, and Turkey, who have some really good defenders. On necessarily record, but obviously way it was famous for their semi final run at the two thousand and sixteen euros didn't qualify for two thousand and Eighteen World Cup. So it's tough to judge them and have to say but none of their players are necessarily in the greatest of form. No one made any team of the seasons, no one killed it in a big five league, but obviously they're key players. Basically the same as two thousand and sixteen, it is going to be Gareth Baale and our ramsy, our rams, you, will be the creator out of mid. Fear Bail was going to be playing up top in the nine and he's going... have to produce what we saw in glimpses with Tottenham for six or seven games straight if Wales are going to go on a run here, and I think they're going to have Harry Wilson on one of the wings. He's always been an exciting player. Probably has another career. Quiet will we're expecting maybe three or four years ago the Liverpool product, but they've got some new signing talent and they're definitely no one to scoffer. I think everyone's very fixed on Turkey and Italy in this group. Turkeys are dark horse, Italy is a dark horse for the title, but I don't think we're giving enough credit to whales and, as their last ten suggest, they should be someone that people looking out for in terms of predicting this one. I actually think this is the toughest group to predict, so got to be testing myself early. I don't Italy are at home and that's going to be a big factor for me. All right, so moving on to my predictions for Group A of the Euro Two Thousand and twenty tournaments, Italy do host all three of their games and unfortunately, another the other teams have home games at all, as the other host for this group is Baku, the capital as a buyer. So I'm going to do from my predictions as I'm going to go through the six games of this group and that's going to end give us our prediction. So we're going to start up with Turkey, Italy, the first game of the competition, and then this one. Turn the defenses and great, so I think Italy will definitely be scoring and I think Italy's defend this will be too good. I'm going to say to nil to Italy. And now that moves us on to the second game, whales versus Switzerland. Or this the tough one? This is the tough one. Whales very good defensively, Switzerland pretty good offensively. I'm going to say one will actually as tough one to predict. That should be a good game. Should be one early kickoff as well in Australia. That moves us on to match day to Turkey versus whales. I think whale. Our Turkey will bounce back from their VIC lost to Italy. Whales defense is good, so I'm going to say Turkey, just for the one neal Italy Switzerland. This is where I see Italy Bot not bottling it, but slipping up a little bit and made getting a drawer with Switzerland as opposed to a victory. So I'm going to pick a one old drawer here. So it's in a very, very solid side and would be very happy with that result, you have to say. And then I reckon then bounce back with a tonal victory over Wales and then Switzerland Turkey. This will be to decide second place. You'd have to imagine in the second, the third week of the game that we can torn. And sorry, swit's on Turkey, Switzer on Turkey. I'm going to say Turkey too good. I'm going to predict to one, two Turkey. So that will have us with our with our Group A prediction. So looking at the table, based off my six predictions, they're going with Italy, seven points, Turkey, six,...

...slips on two and whales one looks it's one of whales have been hard done by. Here they are landed a pretty tough draw because in a lot of groups they could easily be going through as a second place team. So it's something going to have be hard. They're gonna it's going to be half and to make it through to the round sixteen with two points. Let's be realize for of the sixth third place team to do make through. But we'll talk about more of that in my knockout prediction. So I think what I'm going to do with this podcast, because we have talked about Group A for about fifteen minutes, what I might do is I might do an episode per group, so six episodes, one for group pay, one for group being, one for group see, one for Groupdone for group em for Group F, obviously, and then I might bring it home with a knockout predictions and I might make some player predictions in that seventh one as well. So they're going to be short of podcast. Likely going to be only fifteen to twenty minutes, maybe thirty some of them. But I don't want you know for our podcast because I just don't think that's that digestible. So thanks for tuning into group A. Stick around for group be I'm sure as you're listening they're going to be going up pretty rapid fire, if not like two of the time sort of thing. So make sure you follow the pages so you notified when a new one comes out. And yet she's really appreciate that she is go hopefully my predictions are right. Let me know what your fulls are on the comments and my instagram, all that good stuff, and we'll catch for group beach's.

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