With UEFA Euro 2021 nearing its start, we weigh in on a few favourites and underdogs of the tournament. The future of the contest may still be lying under clouds of uncertainties. Still, it is crucial to see who is deemed fit to lift the European Championship. Let’s dig at a few of the classics.
Favourites of UEFA Euro 2021
We take a look at a few of the favourite teams to lift the UEFA Euro 2021 trophy. We determine their strengths and weaknesses.
The first team on the list is England. The Englishmen will be looking to host the final at their home ground, which will allow them to steer clear of their opponents. Let’s look at its strengths and limitations, though.
Echoes of ‘This Could be our Year’ can be heard around all the English pubs amidst World Cup and Euro Championships. This time around, the same thing is real. With immense strength in attack, England will be looking to reinforce their attack with Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho, and many other names in the loop.
Moreover, Manchester United captain Harry Maguire will be leading the line at the back, with Ben Chilwell possessing an attacking threat from the left. England has a stupid depth in his band, and this summer, they will try and go all guns.
One of the worrying signs for the England football team is the lack of goalkeeper experience. In goal, they have Nick Pope, Jack Butland, and Jordan Pickford, none of which had a terrific season in domestic leagues. Nick Pope has underlying numbers, but he still failed to break into a big six team.
With so much to choose from, what will be Gareth Southgate’s strategy for the Euro tournament? Let’s wait and see what pans out.
Now, we analyze Belgium’s strengths and weaknesses. They will surely go into the tournament as favourites because they landed 10 wins out of 10 in the qualifying group stages. Before that, check out the Belgium Team Profile here.
Starting from the goalkeeping position, Belgium has Courtois in goal. The Real Madrid goalkeeper may have dipped his form, but his exuberance is ever-lasting. In midfield and attack, Belgium possesses the most quality. With Romelu Lukaku leading the lines and de Bruyne and Mertens providing for him, the current Belgian side is capable of doing wonders.
The weaknesses of the current Belgium side lie in defence. Ever since Vincent Kompany left playing football and joined Anderlecht as a manager, the Belgium side is yet to experience a mixture of talent and experience. To win something, Belgium will have to reinforce their defence with a mix of both.
The former World Cup winners do not need an introduction. Let us then look without further ado at their strengths and shortcomings for the UEFA Euro 2021 tournament.
France is a well-balanced side in all aspects of the field, such as goalkeeping, defence, midfield, and attack. What makes them the favourites to win this year’s iteration of the European championship is their ability to attack and defend better than any team. With Griezmann and Mbappe in the attack, France will be looking to wreak havoc on other groups come summer.
The only weakness France possesses is leadership. Gone are the days when they had a player with the mentality of Zinedine Zidane. They only lack direction; otherwise, France would have been one of the leading contenders to lift the trophy, no questions asked.
Underdogs of UEFA Euro 2021
We have discussed the favourites to win the tournament. See what we’ve got to say about the underground people who might claim the title.
There is no such thing as a ‘flawless’ football team, and the Netherlands is one of them. It is not the same as it was more than a decade ago when they almost clinched the World Cup, but it has its perks. Let’s see what they have to offer in this iteration of UEFA Euro 2021.
With tons of midfield options in Frenkie de Jong, Wijnaldum, and van de Beek, Holland also has some big names to deploy in defence. Virgil van Dijk and de Ligt are prominent names who will act as a wall in front of their attack.
One of the leading weaknesses in the current Netherlands side is a lack of experience in attack. Ever since van Persie aged, the current Holland side is yet to experience a decent striker to lead their attack. Who would demonstrate such prominence? The question is clear.
The mighty Italians, known for their defensive games, will be looking to clinch the title with the help of their team and exquisite management. For the forthcoming tournament, let’s dig into their strengths and weakness.
How the Italians will fare at the European championship is a question for another time. Instead, let’s take a look at their brute strength. With Immobile leading the attack as Serie A’s second-highest top scorer, Italy will partner with Napoli’s Insigne. The perfect combination of pace and skill can prove to be fruitful for them in the attack. Also, their defence, as always, can prove to be one of the viable strengths to date.
The World Cup of 2014 allowed Italy to rotate between many midfielders because they had versatility in midfield. Players like Pirlo, de Rossi, and Marchisio were contenders to start. However, fast forward to the Italian squad’s current roster, the same cannot be said about them. They have limitless loopholes in midfield, either by inexperience or talent. If they manage to work on it, they could prove to be the underdogs to win UEFA Euro 2021.
We are yet to see the start of UEFA Euro 2021 after it was delayed back in March. With the tournament nearing, we think it will be one of the tightest competitions this time around. Who do you think will win the UEFA Euro 2021 Final title?