A reason for hype or worry? Southgate becomes England's most successful manager in knockout games with four wins

4.7.2021.  
A reason for hype or worry? Southgate becomes England's most successful manager in knockout games with four wins

England has reached the semi-finals of the European tournament by defeating Ukraine 4:0 and the nation's hype has reached a boiling point. As a country that has surprisingly never won the continental competition, the hunger is particularly fierce, especially after winning against favoured Germany. Gareth Southgate, albeit questioned at every step, actually became the country's most successful manager in knockout games with only four wins.


Which makes two ways of thinking possible, either getting further hyped because Southgate did the unattainable so far, or to get grounded as the streak is not at all impressive. Showing that England's reach falls shortly of the dreams and the perceived strength.


Especially as the country's opponent in the semis, Denmark, has the European title that England doesn't.


But the English aren't looking at road stop signs, they are all aboard the it's coming home train. Southgate is just the second manager to take England's men to the semi-final of both the World Cup and the European Championship, after Alf Ramsey in 1966 and 1968. The Three Lions have kept seven consecutive clean sheets for the first time in their history. They have not conceded for 662 minutes.


"It's fabulous. I suppose it's still sinking in that it's another semi-final - three in three years. We want to go two steps further. It's fabulous for our country - a semi-final at Wembley," said Southgate.


With Arsene Wenger believing that the experience of the WC in Russia has tremendously helped England.


"Southgate has learned a lot from the World Cup. They look more stable defensively. But going forward he's still looking for the perfect solution. Not sure if Sancho will play in the semi-final. I like Henderson off the bench, because he plays very good balls forward from deep," said mister Wenger.



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  • 1
    Shuaib Yunus Hassan 4.7.2021. 19:15:25
    Was criticised at first, now praised, people will abuse him again if he loses to Denmark.
  • 2
    Shuaib Yunus Hassan 4.7.2021. 19:18:14
    Most people nowadays lack patience. And they decide perfomance by 1-2 games which is totally wrong. Southgate has done better job since taking on but people forgot his 2 semi finals (World Cup and Nations League) and started trolling him because of games against Scotland and Czech Republic, both which were not necessary to win
  • 3
    uktipster 4.7.2021. 21:53:30
    In the World Cup we played Panama, Tunisia, Belgium B team, Sweden, Colombia and Croatia. 

    In the Euros we played Croatia, Scotland, Czech Rep., a poor German side and Ukraine. 

    I know we can only play who is put in front of us but we’ve hardly beat the best in the world. We’ll see how good he is and how good our team is if we ever play anyone decent. 
  • 4
    Shuaib Yunus Hassan 4.7.2021. 23:11:21
    Kinda agree with you as well. In the World Cup, the route England got was easier one honestly.

    However, in the Nations League, England finished on top of Spain and Croatia, that was good as I see it.

    Currently in Euro, they also haven't played a team like Italy or maybe France/Belgium where we see their performance. Germany haven't been that good. Plus they played almost every game at homr
  • 5
    Shuaib Yunus Hassan 4.7.2021. 23:14:04
    On the other hand, he shouldn't be getting the hate he got at the start. Not a bad manager though, and not even a world class
  • 6
    Shuaib Yunus Hassan 4.7.2021. 23:17:26
    One mistake which he makes in my opinion is how can he put Grealish out and Sterling ahead of Grelish. Even though Sterling has scored three goals, he is not that good. Rashford, Sancho, Foden are better players than him who all can play where he plays. Grealish is WORLD CLASS. First goal for Sterling was lucky as he could easily have missed one on one as the goalkeeper almost saved it. Second one was a tap in header from a pinpoint Grealish cross, third one also a tap in.
  • 7
    Shuaib Yunus Hassan 4.7.2021. 23:20:56
    Shuaib Yunus Hassan: One mistake which he makes in my opinion is how can he put Grealish out and Sterling ahead of Grelish. Even though Sterling has scored three goals, he is not that good. Rashford, Sancho, Foden are better players than him who all can play where he plays. Grealish is WORLD CLASS. First goal for Sterling was lucky as he could easily have missed one on one as the goalkeeper almost saved it. Second one was a tap in header from a pinpoint Grealish cross, third one also a tap in.


    Not to forget, against Germany he easily gave The ball away to Muller who missed open chance, which if he scored Germany would be level and momentum would have been on their side and Germans would have won it. I have seen many times Sterling loses possession easily. Grealish very very rarely loses. Grealish's creativity miles ahead than of Sterling. (Not a hate to Sterling though) but Grealish should start.