Turkey Defeated But EURO 2024 Run Will Earn Respect: Coach Vincenzo Montella – News18

Turkey Defeated But EURO 2024 Run Will Earn Respect: Coach Vincenzo Montella – News18

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EURO 2024: Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella (AP)

Vincenzo Montella said Turkey leave Euro 2024 having laden the tournament with their spirit and energy and won the hearts of football lovers all over the world.

Turkey coach Vincenzo Montella said his team’s Euro 2024 campaign has earned them respect, after they were eliminated 2-1 by the Netherlands on Saturday in the quarter-finals.

They reached the last eight of a major competition for the first time since 2008.

Turkey took the lead in the 35th minute after the Dutch failed to clear a corner, leaving Arda Guler to cross perfectly to the back post for defender Samet Akaydin to head home.

Dutch defender Stefan de Vrij equalised with a powerful header in the 70th minute, however, before an own goal by Mert Muldur completed the Dutch comeback.

Turkey’s memorable run at Euro 2024 included three wins and eight goals.

“The team played with a great spirit, a Turkish spirit, in spite of the defeat the Turkish people love us,” Turkey’s Italian coach told reporters.

“(The players) made us proud in playing this European Championship. I’ll add something else — after this Euros, Turkey will be seen with different eyes in the future, probably with more respect.”

Montella said even though his team threw away their advantage and could not keep the Dutch at bay, there was no time for self-criticism.

“It’s better in this moment to highlight what has gone well,” insisted the coach.

“I have no regrets, the players should have no regrets too… we won three games at a Euros so we matched the Turkish record.”

Turkey’s key player at the tournament was Real Madrid’s Arda Guler.

The 19-year-old set up their goal against the Netherlands and scored a brilliant one himself in their opening win over Georgia.

“He played a great Euros… he’s not 20 yet, the future is bright for him and this experience will make him a far better player,” added Montella.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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