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Group A Preview

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Group A in this year’s Euros contains Turkey, Wales, Italy, and Switzerland.

Italy is managed by Roberto Mancini. He was appointed shortly after the Italians faced the embarrassment of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. However, Mancini’s team qualified with ease for this tournament. One player to keep an eye out for is Ciro Immobile. He has had a great season with Lazio, but so far has struggled in the international team. Another one is Nicolo Barella. The 24-year-old midfielder had a great season in Italy and will be looking for more of the same for the national side.

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Managing Switzerland this year is Vladimir Petkovic. He has been in charge since 2014. So far, he has got the Swiss to the last 16 of both Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup. One player to watch is Ricardo Rodriguez. The left-back scored recently and will be a threat to any team, by providing a constant outlet and threat down the left for Switzerland. Also, there is Granit Xhaka. Although he hasn’t had a great season with Arsenal, he is a key player for Switzerland and will be looking to lead by example.

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Senol Gunes is in charge of the Turkish team. He coached the Turkish team to third place in World Cup 2002. He has also won two Turkish Super Lig titles with Besiktas. One player to watch out for is Lille player, Zeki Celik. He has impressed in the French League this season. Even though he didn’t provide any assists in qualification, he is a modern full-back and should be able to provide a threat down the right for Turkey. Another Lille player, Burak Yilmaz, is one to look out for. He too had a superb season in France.

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Fellow Welshman, Chris Coleman led Wales to the Semi-Finals of Euro 2016. This was a massive achievement for such a small country and may be difficult to replicate here. Rob Page is currently interim coach of Wales. He began coaching at Nottingham Forest in 2017. He also has experience leading Wales in lower age-group levels. In this team, obviously, the man to watch is Gareth Bale. There are rumors that this could be his last tournament, as he is considering retiring. If this is true, he will no doubt want to go out in style. So who will qualify from Group A?

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