Tactical battle: where the Euro 2020 final will be won and lost | Euro 2020
There’s a tide in men’s affairs
Before each game, the bigger question was whether Gareth Southgate should go with a back three or a back four. Block opposing wingers / full-backs or give them a defensive problem? There is no definitive answer.
Against Germany, Southgate went for the more cautious option and, after about an hour of work, was justified. Against Ukraine, it was about defending the wingers, a plan that worked perfectly. Against Denmark it was all four defenders again and, despite a wobbly 15 minutes in the first half, Southgate was rewarded. But very few problems in football are quiet; the answer to the flanks is often found in midfield.