Switzerland will have a lot to do if it intends to extricate itself from a particularly tough group A. The team led by Vladimir Petkovic will notably have to rub shoulders with a very young and promising Italian team led in particular by Lorenzo Insigne and Marco Verratti. In addition to the Italians, the Nati will face Turkey from Burak Yilmaz and Wales from Gareth Bale.
Thirteenth in the FIFA rankings, the Helvetians certainly have a say in this group. Led by its stars Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka to name but a few, the very Bundesliga-backed team will nevertheless have to manage long trips well with the match in Rome against Italy (June 16) placed between the two meetings. in Baku (June 12 and 20).
One of the eleven host countries of the Euro, Italy wants to show that it is once again among the favorites after the fiasco of non-qualification for the 2018 World Cup. Roberto Mancini and his players will be able to gain power. play their three first round matches in Rome, in a Stadio Olimpico open to 16,000 spectators.
Senol Günes’s Turkey is a real outsider, after qualifying where it notably battered France twice. With the best defense in qualifying, Turkey can also rely on the great form of its veteran Burak Yilmaz, 35, who scored 16 goals this season with French champion Lille.
Wales also have arguments to pass the 1st round, 5 years after reaching the semi-finals for their 1st participation in a Euro. “We would love to do it again, but we are realistic,” said Gareth Bale, captain of the Dragons.
tzing with AFP