Germany in group of death
By far and away the toughest group of Euro 2020, which is set to begin next week, is Group F.
The group includes France, who of course won the 2018 World Cup and made it to the final of Euro 2016.
Portugal, who are the current holders of the Euros and who won the inaugural Nations League tournament in 2019 are also in Group F.
The group is then rounded out by Germany and Hungary.
Havertz on Kante
Germany are historically a top side, but recent years have seen them on the decline somewhat.
They failed to make it out of a pretty easy group at the 2018 World Cup, and are not viewed as one of the favourites to make it out of this summer’s group either.
Those spots are instead looking likely to go to France and Portugal, the former of which Germany begin their Euro 2020 against on June 15th.
Said tie is expected to see Chelsea teammates Kai Havertz, Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner pitted against N’Golo Kante.
Ahead of the game, Havertz has been praising Kante, but also explaining why it is not nice to have to play against him this summer:
“When you see [Kante], you have to smile. He is a great personality and a great person,” Havertz told reporters on Friday.
“And a great football player. As an attacking player, I’m always happy when he is on the pitch. You can make a lot of mistakes because he always wins the ball back. He’s fast, agile and always gets his leg in.
“That’s why it’s not so nice to have to play against him in the first match of the European Championship, of course.”
Quotes via Goal.