Istanbul. 9 June. REPORT.AZ/ Former coach of Turkish national team and Khazar Lankaran FC Mustafa Denizli has assessed chances of the Turkish national team at the European Championship to kick off on June 10 in France. In his statement to Report News Agency’s Turkish bureau, a 67-year-old specialist said that all the teams in D group have equal chances.
According to him, the Turkish national team has succeeded in 3 of 4 prestigious competitions they enrolled, including the World Cup-2002: "Our team reached 1/4 of the European Championship-2000 finals. By passing to semifinal of 2002 world and 2008 continental championships. We won bronze medal. Turkey gives an impression of a strong team. I think that this will continue in 2016 ".
Denizli believes that Turkey’s opponents will be careful with the team this time.This particularly applies to the Czech Republic and Croatia since they lost their last matches of the group stage of Euro-2008 final (2:3) and 1/4 finals (1:2) to the Turkish team at the last moment and stopped competing.
As for the Spanish national team, the former coach said that defeating the team which was a finalist team in the last two European Championships, does not mean targeting a victory.
Finally, Denizli said that he misses football very much and asked to deliver his sincere greetings to the country.
The Turkish national team will hold its first match against Croatia on June 12. On June 17, Spain will play with the Czech Republic on June 21. Mustafa Denizli worked with Khazar-Lankaran from 5 December 2013 until 16 May 2014, and was a coach of the Turkish national team in 1996-2000.