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Turkey looking to pose a greater scoring threat against Switzerland at Euro 2008

Turkey looking to pose a greater scoring threat against Switzerland at Euro 2008

Turkey will need to improve its attacking options against Switzerland on Wednesday after rarely threatening to score in its defeat to Portugal.
The Turks looked disorganized and incapable of keeping the ball in their 2-0 defeat to Portugal on Saturday. And with the Czech Republic and the Portuguese leading Group A, Turkey has to find a way of scoring against a Swiss side that was knocked out of the 2006 World Cup without conceding a goal.
One of the things that stymied Turkey's attack on Saturday was coach Fatih Terim's decision to select some players out of position in a bid to curtail the influence of star Portugal wingers Cristiano Ronaldo and Simao Sabrosa.
That strategy worked reasonably well in stopping any attacks down the flanks, but it also diminished Turkey's ability to hit Portugal on the break.
Bayern Munich midfielder Hamit Altintop's energy and passing was wasted at right back as he kept checks on Ronaldo and Sabrosa, while forward Nihat Kahveci was alone up front and easily marked by central defenders Ricardo Carvalho and Pepe.
Wednesday's match is equally as important to the Swiss, who lost captain and record scorer Alexander Frei for the tournament to a ruptured knee ligament in a 1-0 defeat to the Czechs in the Euro 2008 opener.
Terim said his team has changed significantly in the past two years and needs more time together to gain fluency in attack.
"To be able to play aggressive offense, they need to play together for a long time," Terim said. "And everyone has to be fit."
Turkey struggled with injuries in its warm-up games, losing Altintop, midfielder Emre Belozoglu and defender Servet Cetin at various times.
Cetin and central defender Gokhan Zan injured their left knee against Portugal. Zan is out of the Switzerland game, while Cetin is receiving intense treatment.


Updated : 2020-12-05 04:44 GMT+08:00