Turkey – Italy – Euro 2020 Opening
After a year’s delay Euro 2020 Finally kicking off tonight at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome where about 16,000 fans will come to see Turkey take on Italy in Group A, and fans are expected to participate in all 51 matches across the eleven cities hosting this competition, so it will be good to see and hear as he tries The world is slowly returning to some kind of normalcy.
Italians are far from where they were in 2018 after failing to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World CupAnd since Roberto Mancini took the lead at the time, Italy have been in great shape and undefeated since 2018, they shone in qualifying for this tournament too, so it’s really chalk and cheese comparing both cases.
The shape of their stadium is great too, and since this is the first major tournament match to be played in Italy since the 1990 World Cup Final at this stadium, can the Italians dare to dream of a big trophy, they are certainly among the favorites to lift the European Championship trophy at Wembley next month after the level they were recently.
Although Turkey will not be easy, and many are expected to cause some surprises this summer, their squad includes the likes of striker Burak Yilmaz, midfielder Yusuf Yazici and defender Zeki Celik, all members of France’s title-winning side Lille, and they have been in a state of affairs. Great lately too, including a fantastic 4-2 win over the Netherlands in the World Cup qualifiers, so they will definitely give the Italians something to think about this evening.
Who is likely to line up for both sides this evening then? Well, Italy can name the same team that beat the Czech Republic in a friendly last week, Marco Verratti has yet to recover from a knee problem which means Manuel Locatelli is likely to replace him in midfield, while Domenico Berardi is expected to play on the right. – Ahead of Federico Chiesa, Locatelli has scored in each of his past four matches for the Italians.
Lorenzo Pellegrini suffered an injury in training two days ago, so Gaetano Castrovilli may be called up as a substitute but needs UEFA to confirm that first before they can do so, while for Turkey they will be without their top scorer in qualifying Cinque Tosun. Who unfortunately missed out on the tournament after suffering a knee injury in April, that’s definitely a blow to them.
Yilmes, now 35, will lead the streak, while winger Cengiz Ender could start well after scoring as a substitute in the Turks’ last warm-up match, but whoever will line up against the Italians will certainly do his best to try to create a surprise in the competition’s opening match, despite They have lost all of their opening four Euro matches, and have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 matches in a major tournament.
Italy has currently eight wins as well, three times short of its record winning streak that fell in 2019, and they have never lost to Turkey, winning seven of their 10 matches, despite their last meeting in 2002 and 2006, friendly matches, ended in a draw, Their only meeting in a major tournament 21 years ago was at Euro 2000 which saw Italy win 2-1.
But the stats don’t mean much, it all comes down to what’s happening on the pitch that day, today is the day and this evening, can the Italians continue their winning streak and get the tournament off to a good start, or can Turkey upset the apple. Cart and claim their first win over Italy and give themselves a head start at Euro 2020, we’ll find out later tonight.