After being crowned as the Euro 2016 champions, starting the group stage won’t be easy as it seems for Portugal being part of the Group F which is known as “Group of Death” where all eyes would be watching this group consisting the top contending teams containing Portugal themselves as the former champion, the World Cup champion France, and 3-time European champion Germany, needed for all to be at their highest level of play in the zone in such of an early stage from the whole competition.
Fernando Santos has no worries so far for his players, being fully fit and no concern regarding injuries. With eight players as part of the current lineup were starters from their 2016 finals game against France and the return of Cristiano Ronaldo representing their nation brings in the hype for this team. Together with 13 new valuable players with notable names Joao Felix, Diogo Jota, and Dyego Souza add enough boost for the defending champions.
With Ronaldo being back in the field, their go-to formation currently is a 4-3-3 instead of the former 4-4-2 formation, while a 4-1-4-1 as an option for special cases.
World Cup champions France are the favorites in getting the bacon for this year’s Euro 2020 as speculation of soccer rankings from various analysts revealing their take.
Captain Kylian Mbappé along with Antoine Griezmann and N’Golo Kanté as the forwards possess a great combination of threat towards their upcoming opponents.
Didier Deschamps laughed upon the Euro 2020 draw seeing them included from the Group of Death. French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet doesn’t hold second thoughts with the Les Bleus as he stated, “The final seems to me to be a possibility, but it is never easy to get there. All the teams are improving. The draw was not extremely favourable for us on paper, so we will have to get past the group stage first.”
“But our team is one of the best in the world. We are second in the FIFA rankings. We would be flippant if we were not ambitious. The aim is therefore the final.” He added.
Germany coach Joachim Loew is in no doubt France are the strongest team to stand from the competition.
“They are the world champions and have been getting stronger for the last three or four years. They are the group favourites,” he said.
EURO 2020 will be held in 12 different cities across Europe as the competition take place within the one month period as the finals take place on July 12.