After the conclusion of Groups A, B, and C, Rhys and Russell go through the alphabet to discuss all the events from the week that was at the Euros. Russell has some bold predictions as always - this time switching allegiances as to who he thinks is ready to win the tournament, and breaking down why Spain and England have been so poor. Rhys meanwhile breaks down the tactics of why Italy and Netherlands have been so successful so far, and what Belgium needs to figure out moving forward.
After another sound win against 10-man Wales, Italy have secured top spot in Group A and will face Group C runners-up Austria in the Round of 16. Now that the group stage is over for the Italians, let’s take a look at what we’ve learned about this side so far.
Netherlands came into Euro 2020 as clear Group C favourites, and they did not disappoint by any stretch of the imagination, winning all three of their matches. Frank de Boer's team have been tactically fluid, outstanding both in and out of possession and have genuinely looked like one of the most exciting teams at the tournament. So with the knockout stages just a few days away, we take a look at Netherlands' tactics at the tournament so far.
After missing out on the 2018 World Cup, Italy have now gone 30 matches unbeaten under the influence of former Premier League title winner Roberto Mancini. The Italian manager has reinstalled the faith of the nation at this summer's Euros, playing an exciting brand of possession-based football. After taking 9 points, scoring 7 goals and conceding 0 in their opening three group stage matches, Italy now look like genuine favourites for the crown. Here is our tactical analysis of Roberto Mancini's Italy after three matches at this summer's Euros.
After their dominant display against Turkey in the tournament opener, many were probably left wondering if Italy are really that good, or if Turkey were being rated a bit too highly. Turkey were definitely disappointing against the Italians, but after another high-quality showing against a Swiss side that is typically hard to beat, Italy are now earning more praise as serious contenders for the 2020 Euros.
In a match full of energy and fire, one that felt almost like a semi-final, France came out on top with relative ease over a fruitless Germany team. Didier Deschamps men secured a 1-0 victory at the unfortunate hands (or feet) of Mats Hummels banging the ball into the back of his own net, allowing the world champions to jump up into second in the group. Here is our tactical analysis of the match!
The stage is set, and the Puskas Arena will be the venue for another round of rivalry between the defending champions of the European Championships Portugal and the current world champions France. The French will be hoping to cause the Portuguese a heartbreak of the same gravitas which they themselves suffered from the finals defeat in 2016, making this all the more an intriguing encounter.
For much of Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield reign, Liverpool have favored a 4-3-3 shape. In this system, the Reds have enjoyed defensive solidity, offensive prowess and become one of the most dominant forces in world football. The results speak for themselves regarding the effectiveness of this shape, with the well-rounded formation taking Liverpool to Champions League and Premier League success. While the Reds weren’t always ruthless in their title-winning season, few can deny that they were efficient. But is it time for Klopp to freshen things up? Well, he may have the chance to try something new in 2021-22.
This week Brandon and Ethan count down some of the Bundesliga stars taking place at the Euros so far, including Czech Republic's Patrik Schick, and Netherlands' Wout Weghorst! The lads then head off to some of this week's transfer news, including speculation over a potential Leipzig swoop for Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer, AC Milan's interest in Breel Embolo and Dortmund's interest in Dutch forward Donyell Malen. Follow the show via the links below!
ttacking goal looked to spell doom for the home team. But the German machines had other plans, as Portugal's goal only sparked new life in reinvigorating them. From then on they went all out on the attack, and this time with more intension and nerve-wracking intensity. It was a display which every German will be proud of, and now with both sides having their sights set on their final group fixtures, we bring you four things to note from this encounter.
Portugal will be looking to book their spot in the knockout round of the UEFA European Championship with a game to spare when they take on Germany in Munich on Saturday evening.
Euro 2020 had a bit of everything. Goals, drama, despair, cards and one of the most harrowing experiences we've ever witnessed on a football pitch. It was that crazy, and we've just gotten started. After months without fans in stadiums, the crowds are back in full volume. The chanting, the boos, the cheers have all returned, and so too has football as we know it.