World Cup Winner 2018, World Cup Winner 2014 and EURO Cup Winner 2016 are about to fight in a single group. EURO 2020 draws put France, Germany, and Portugal altogether. The fourth team is yet to be decided. The play-off winner will be known in March 2020. Possibly one team among Iceland, Romania, Bulgaria or Hungary could join group F. Every team will play a match against all three teams in the group, the top two teams will survive. It will be interesting to see which two teams are going to qualify.
The talks about the draws are everywhere.
Germany tweeted about the draws,
“Are you the winner of a major tournament, Welcome to Group F”
MANAGER’S REACTIONS ON DRAWS
Portuguese, German and French managers all were present in the hall during the draws held in November. Draws already had become when Germany and France were put in the same group, but everyone shocked when Portugal was added to Group F.
“This is a group of death,” said Joachim Loew whose side will play all three games at home under competition rules. “The expectations will be quite high. For our young team, this will be a huge challenge but also a big motivation.”
Portuguese coach Fernando Santos said, “Portugal is in fact outsiders in a group that contains “two favorites” in France and Germany.”
He added during an interview “It will be a strong group, two favorites, and a candidate. Two world champions, a European champion, and winner of the Nations League. I think this is a group that nobody wanted because each team wanted to avoid the other two.”
French Coach Didier Deschamps:
“I think that Fernando and Joachim will be thinking the same as me. It’s obviously the toughest of all the groups. He’s cunning, that Fernando. I know what he’s like. At the EURO as well, he thought that France was the favorites to be crowned European champions then they beat us in the final. We need to do our talking in the matches.”
Defending Champion of Europe’s biggest competition is now determined to keep the title this year. In EURO 2016, Portugal defeated France in the Final with the help of a single goal scored by Eder in the additional minutes and fulfill the dream of Cristiano Ronaldo to win his first-ever International Trophy. Fernando Santos is confident of his squad. It a challenge For Portugal to survive in group Stages before going into knockout rounds.
PLAYERS TO MAKE IMPACT
Juventus forward and widely regarded as Best Player in the Football History is in good form now. Despite his age, turning 35 this February, he is doing wonders. Cristiano is hungry for scoring goals. He already netted ball 11 times for his country in EURO Cup Qualification helping his team to finish 2nd in the group. The year 2020 is going well for Portuguese. He has scored 8 goals including the hattrick against Cagliari in 5 games in 2020. Her header goal against Wales and an assist sent Portugal in Final in EURO 2016. Ronaldo got injured in 2016 final in the first half. He had to leave to pitch with tears in his eyes. Let see this year, can Cristiano win back to back International Title?
The little wizard has great potential, even Pep Guardiola admires his talent and starts with him every match. Bernardo Silva plays both as a midfielder and winger. His dribbling, long-range shots, and most importantly his vision make him a complete player. Europe is not ready to see his incredible talent in the EURO 2020.
Athletico’s number 7 will play his first EURO this year. Combining with Ronaldo and Bernardo, he will make an impact on the team.
World Cup winner of 2018, France has the world’s best squad with the best Manager. Didier Deschamps had World cup 1998 and EURO 2000 to his name. He recently won the world’s most prestigious title as a manager with France, FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. France is runner up of EURO 2016. They were favorite to win last EURO, But Portuguese defense restricts them to open a goal, and the late winner of Eder in the extra time ended the hopes of France to be crowned European Kings. Fernando Santos already declared France as a favorite to win EURO 2020. Let see what happens in this European competition, because its football and anything is possible.
PLAYERS TO MAKE IMPACT
Former Athletico’s Striker and current Barcelona’s winger is capable of scoring, making assists and has leadership abilities. Griezmann was the top scorer in EURO 2016 with 7 goals.
The most promising youngster, to knock out Lionel Messi’s Argentina in World Cup 2018 is going to play his first EURO.
Chelsea’s number 7, Frenchmen has 90 percent passing accuracy in EURO Cup Qualifiers. Kante has the ability and stamina to cover the whole pitch, he creates chances, he helps defenders when the ball in half.
2014 World Cup winner Germany was knocked out from the 2018 World Cup in group stages. Joachim Loew is hoping to give a tough time to opponents. Germany will play the opening match against Mighty France in Allianz Arena. Germany’s 2nd match against Portugal is also in Bayern Munchen stadium, So Germany will have the edge of playing all his group stages matches in the home. German fans were furious after the World Cup performance of Germany. Let see this year, whether the German Team can bring back smiles to German fans or not.
PLAYERS TO MAKE IMPACT
German Sniper is a key player for both Real Madrid and Germany. Zidane and Loew often have seen praising his incredible talent, his passing accuracy, and key passes. We hope to see more of Toni Kroos this year, as he scored David Beckham’s trademark freekick against Sweden in the 90+5 minute in World Cup 2020 and alive Germany’s hope to stay in the tournament.
Bayern’s 1st choice goalkeeper is widely considered as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. No one was even close to Neuer of 2014. He played a key role in lifting the title. After the severe injury he faced, he took some time to recover and now he is in full form to make an impact in EURO 2020. Ter Stegen could replace him in some matches, but it will be decided by Loew.
Gnabry has scored 8 goals in 7 matches in qualifying round. He is having a good season in Bayern too. His finishing ability will help Germany in the EURO’s major matches.