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Emre Sarigul’s Switzerland v Turkey preview: “Turkey have to go for broke”

| 16.06.2021

Our Matchday Squad journalist will be covering Turkey throughout Euro 2020

After two humiliating performances, Turkey are staring down the barrel heading into their final Group A game.

Back-to-back defeats against Italy and Wales have resulted in Turkey failing to register a point, with -5 goal difference to make their situation worse. The fact of the matter is this side has simply failed to turn up. The most frustrating part of it is that there is a really exciting, promising crop of players there.

Unfortunately, they have been let down by really poor management at Euro 2020. And you would expect more from the experienced Senol Gunes, who guided Turkey to third place at the 2002 World Cup.

He has one last chance to pull a rabbit out the hat. This side can still qualify for the last 16 as one of the best third-placed teams – four of the six third-placed nations go through to the next round. Gunes has lined up extremely defensively in the first two games. He does not have that luxury anymore. Turkey have to go for broke, put their foot on the gas and not only win, but win by a margin.

Due to the goal difference, Turkey will have to win by a few goals to give themselves a fighting chance at progression. Gunes has no injury concerns but is likely to make changes and start with an attacking 4-3-3 lineup.

Switzerland meanwhile, have just one point and are also going to have to go for the win. So, expect an open game. A match in which both sides need goals.

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Emre Sarigul

Emre Sarigul is a Turkish football expert and founder of Turkish-Football.com, the largest English language-based site dedicated to football in Turkey.

The football journalist has worked on projects with the Guardian, FIFA, BBC, Al Jazeera, Turkish Football Federation, ESPN and numerous others.