Gunes: Turkey 'need a miracle' to reach Euro 2020 knockouts
Senol Gunes © Gallo Images

Senol Gunes, Turkey’s coach, stated on Saturday that his team will require a “miracle” to advance to the last 16 of Euro 2020, ahead of their last group game against Switzerland.

Turkey is at the bottom of Group A, with no points or goals after defeats in Rome and Baku by Italy and Wales, respectively.

They face Switzerland in the Azeri capital on Sunday, knowing that a win will keep their modest chances of qualifying for the knockout stage alive.

“We are in a situation where we need a miracle to happen,” Gunes said.

“It will be very sad to go home from this tournament without any success.

“After the first game against Italy, it felt like it was the end of the world.”

The defense, according to centre-back Caglar Soyuncu, was the most disappointing aspect of Turkey’s first losses, their second consecutive European Championship start with two defeats.

“I’m sorry for the result. We want to close the chapter with three points,” he said.

“We are all sad, tomorrow is a completely new game. We are really sad to have conceded five goals in two games.”

Gunes took charge in March 2019 and led the team to victories over World Cup holders France and Euro 2016 quarterfinalists Iceland in qualifying, only losing once.

From Wednesday’s loss to Wales in Azerbaijan, the 69-year-old revealed he is likely to make changes to his starting lineup.

Left-back Umut Meras is out of the match against Switzerland and could be replaced by Mert Muldur of Sassuolo.

Hakan Calhanoglu of AC Milan and Ozan Tufan of Fenerbahce are two players that could lose their places in the team.

“There can be changes. We are below our standard. We still have expectations,” he said.

“Umut is not playing tomorrow. We might have a change in midfield.”

Previous articleChelsea FC want to sign two Borussia Dortmund players
Next articleHungarian fans in raptures after holding France to draw