April 21, 2024

Euro 2020: Turkey and Italy face off in tournament opener

Euro 2020: Turkey and Italy face off in tournament opener

Italy will play Turkey in the Euro 2020 opener

The small matter of the opening game of  Euro 2020 – at last; this is sure to be a tournament opener with an extra special feel. Italy are unbeaten in 27 fixtures and will have the added boost of home advantage at the Olimpico in Rome, with Turkey looking to avoid defeat in their first match of a Euro at the fifth time of asking.

What the coaches say:

Şenol Güneş, Turkey coach: "The result we get in the first match is important; a draw or a win can cause confusion in the group. I hope so. I want to see our strength in the first match; even if we lose, it's important to play well. I hope it's going to be a great game, an enjoyable game ... and that we win!"

Roberto Mancini, Italy coach: "We must respect Turkey, they are a side full of talent. The opener is always difficult, and there will be plenty of emotions but you can't get too carried away. I don't think there is an excess of enthusiasm: The fans can have that; we know who we are up against. The desire to be protagonists at this EURO is huge but this is a match to be played with lightheartedness. We can do it!"