The Euro 2020 rounds of 16 is done and dusted with the matches between England, Germany and Ukraine, Sweden set us up for what to expect in the next stage of the tournament while the remaining 8 teams left in the competition have all confirm their next opponent in the quarter finals.
The quarter finals ties is set to commence on July 2 and 3 respectively with Switzerland hosting Spain at the Gazprom Arena, Zaint Petersburg in Russia and Belgium welcoming Italy at the Allienz Arena, Munich in Germany.
Elsewhere in Baku Olympic Stadium, Azerbaijan on the 3rd of July Czech Republic would host Denmark while the last encounter of day would be Ukraine and England at the Stadio Olimpico.
Euro 2020 Quarter Finalist: Who Takes Home The Crown?
The La Furia Roja came into this tournament from the back of their unimpressive performance at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. However as one of the top footballing nation in the world Spain are certainly one of the go to team to probably wins the competition at the end of the Euro.
Interestingly for the Spaniard they’ve been here before in the final of the Euro 2008 against Germany and in 2012 against the Azzurri’s. Against all odd despite the bookmakers not favouring them as one of the team to win this year edition and the buzz around Sergio Ramos’ omission from the team they grew into the tournament with a resounding performances against Slovakia in their last group stage game and Croatia in the rounds of 16.
Spain on the 2nd of July would now face the conqueror of the world Champion Switzerland in Russia with the hope to also oust the Swiss in the competition. However, if the mouthwatering encounter between the Swiss and Les Blues are anything to go by then football enthusiast should also prep up for an exciting game in Russia.
The question to be answered about the chances of La Furia Roja winning the Euro would definitely be answered against the Swiss in the quarter finals, should they triumph in Russia and move to the semi finals then Luis Enrique’s side has the know how and experience to go on and win the trophy.
The Swiss has certainly been one of the underdog team at the Euro with less attention placed on their chances of getting to the quarter finals. However with them now amongst the last eight teams in the competition the conversation about them been an underdog has been trash into the bin.
Defeating Les Blues in the rounds of 16 with a squad that is brimming with world class players give credence to how strong the Swiss are at the Euro with no form of jokes. Their next opponent is La Furia Roja a team with a similar records with France in terms of titles won and the calibre of players on parade.
If the Swiss are able to scale through the hurdle of Spain with the firepower of players like Embolo, Seferovic, the excellent pace of Zuber on the flank and the defence splitting pass of Granit Xhaka then they could probably go on to win it.
However, defeating the Spaniard won’t come easy for them they equally needs to bring their a game to fore in Russia if they still wants to be in the competition.
Interestingly the Red Devils are blessed win a generation of world class superstars that needs to win something tangible before they eventually left the international scene. The Roberto Martinez side are rank number one in the world and they lived up to that rating against Portugal dumping out the 2016 Champions.
Going into their quarter finals pairing against Italy they may be without the experience and leadership of both Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard who are currently injured. Nonetheless the Red Devils has enough in their squad to hurt the former World Cup winners in their quest to become Champions at the end of the competition.
Can Belgium upset the Azzurri’s when they meet has been the question football aficionados and pundits has been asking? They certainly have the players and the experience to answer that question, but it won’t come easy for them against a side who has been quite impeccable right from the group stage.
If Belgium fail to win the tournament some of their squad member may call it quit on the international stage, but then it would be quite interesting to see them throw in the towel at the international scene with a trophy.
The current Azzurri’s national team may not be brimming with amazing talents like the squad that won the world cup in 2006 or the side that got to final at the Euro 2000, but then this present team can also boost of team bonding, experience and the leadership of Juventus duo Giorgio Chiellini, Bonucci.
Roberto Mancini’s side has continuously shone out hundred percent performances right from the group stage and they would also hope to continue with that form against Belgian in the quarter finals.
Sassuolo’s midfielder Manuel Locattalli, Ciro Immobile, and Federico Chiesa from the bench have all produce impressive moment for Italy, so going into their next encounter Mancini would also be counting on them to yet conjure something similar to their previous respective performances against the Belgian.
The Czech one of the underdogs in this year European Championship spring up a huge surprise by defeating the Oranje national team with an emphatic 2-0 win to lay claim to the quarter finals position.
The last time Czech Republic had a wonderful outing like this at the European Championship was back in 2000 where they paraded world class superstars plying their trade in top team in Europe. Against the Dane another team that defile the odd couple with the emotional trauma they faced when their star man collapse in Copenhagen they need to be up and doing if they still wants to remain the tournament.
Patrick Schick has been one of the standout player for the Czech, he would certainly be instrumental for them going into that encounter. Nonetheless they mustn’t disrespect the Dane because they’ve won the Championship before and most importantly the confidence to repeat that feat would be in their mind.
The Dane national team have been here before winning it in 1992 despite coming into the tournament from the back door and going on to win it against the overwhelming favorite West Germany in the final.
Can they repeat such feat again is the question that would likely be in the mouth of many when they take on Czech Republic. It’s no longer news that they won’t be with the services of their midfield maestro Christian Eriksen due to his heart problem but then the former Champions has what it takes to hurt Czech.
The likes of Dolberg the hero against Wales, Damsgaard, Thomas Delaney and Braithwhite would be key for them if they’re to stroll pass their opponent. However, defeating Czech won’t come quite simple because they’re also going to give a fight.
The Three Lion are the only team left in this year Euro tip by the bookmakers to go and win it, Southgate side did the unthinkable by dumping out Die Mannschft at Wembley stadium courtesy Sterling and Kane’s goal.
England and Germany pairing at the international stage has always been a battle of two foe, and the German has always came out triumphant most time but last night the narrative change with that impressive performances.
Although since the commencement of the tournament they’ve not been impressive scoring just a goal in each of their game but against Germany they shone out a top notch display that would send shiver into the spine of other teams. Die Mannschft down and next up for them is Andriy Shevchenko’s side Ukraine who dump out Sweden in the extra time.
No one would have ever thought the Scandinavian country would go far in the competition like they’ve done. Yes the team is been manage by a champion who knows the modules operandi of the game but that’s isn’t the prerequisite for been a great manager.
With what they’ve achieve together since he took over as the coach he’s mold the team to never give up and that was evident in their match against Sweden in extra time. Going into their faceoff with England they’re certainly not the favorite but they could hold their own having defeat the Swedish.
Andriy Yarmolenko, Zinchenko, and Malinovskyi would be key for them but they must also be ready to give the Three Lion a run for their money on Saturday. Would this encounter be end of England or Ukraine at the Euro, it’s left to be seen as we head to the weekend the English fans can’t wait for.
All of the team who make it to the last 8 have all done impressively in their own right. We’re now in the quarter finals where the winner goes to the semis and they all has the experience and know how to achieve that.
That said, amongst the 8 teams left in the tournament who takes home the trophy at the end? Feel free to drop your prediction in our comment section.