Euro 2012: Players to look out for tonight

A classic affair. That’s exactly what I thought when France lost by two goals against the Swedish, which meant they will face Spain at the Euro’s Quarter-Final.

So it is with the players who will be on the field tonight, which we’ll analyze here; the key players who could decide the outcome of this encounter. Here it goes.

Iker Casillas

Taken from the Independent

We all know who he is. The leader as well as a world-class goalkeeper with the most caps for his nation. It would be foolish to not put him in the player to watch list.

Has been superb during the tournament and just conceded by one goal from Antonio Di Natale at the first game in group stages. And don’t forget about his stunning save from Ivan Rakitic’s header, which has became the hottest topic in the media as one of the greatest saves in Euro 2012.

PS: But Iker said that it was not a difficult save. Well, have your own say then people.

Hugo Lloris

Taken from The Sun

After Gianluigi Buffon, Iker will shake his hands with Lloris who both are both serving as captain for their respective nations, at the coin toss.

Like Casillas, Lloris was capable of keeping his net with the fewest conceded goals with only one goal against him.

But can he beat Casillas on head to head tonight? Sounds very interesting and I look forward into it.

Gerard Pique

Taken from Football Wallpaper

Without his eternal pair Puyol in this competition, you might’ve expected Pique to play under his best. In fact, he played liked he always has; an example of what a modern center back is all about.

Credit to Del Bosque to place Sergio Ramos alongside Pique. Both of them could be dangerous from the set-pieces as well as with their long distance efforts, especially Ramos.

I repeat. Modern Center-Back.

Laurent Koscielny

Taken from The Daily Mirror

All Gooners worldwide got excited when Mexes was booked with his second yellow card in the competition.

Why not? It means that this will push Laurent Blanc to use Koscielny as Adil Rami’s partner at the back.

My thoughts, Mexes won’t be playing as the starter anymore if France successfully go through to the Semi-Finals. Koscielny will not disappoint his nation and I can put an exclamation mark on that. Wise decision, Blanc.

Andres Iniesta

Taken from Soccerway

Together with Ozil and Stevie G, Iniesta has been my best player in Euro 2012. And by the way, did anyone notice he was named the man of the match twice during the group stage?

Still, sometimes Iniesta doesn’t receive the praise he deserves and nd he wasn’t yet score in this Euro, but look at Ozil and Gerrard. Did they score yet? No. But the team would be doomed if they were not on the field.

Reasons why I didn’t put Xavi in this list was because he’s yet to play at his best and his role has been taken by Iniesta IMO.

Expect more to come from Iniesta tonight against France.

Samir Nasri

Taken from Kandanda

He’s been spectacular. His creativity shone in the last three games with France, says it all. He indeed deserves the place he is at with the team now.

Okay, that’s enough for me to praise him. A taboo for me to raising his name here, but yes. We have to admit Nasri has been superb with the national team. 

And against Spain, it would be fun for the spectator to see France’s midfield against the ball possession style of Spain. 

Fernando Torres

Taken from First Post

I wasn’t sure if Del Bosque will put a pure striker up front against the French side. Even without a striker, they could still score goals though, right?

Well, only time will tell whether Torres can show up. But two decent goals against Ireland, sure proved that Torres will be deadly if he comes off from the bench.

Karim Benzema

Taken from Actu-Foot

Karim has yet to score at Euro 2012. A poor record for a respected striker like him. But based from what I believe in, let’s consider that Karim was unlucky in his first three game thanks to the opponent’s goalkeeper.

You know what he can do and how lethal Benzema can be inside or outside the box. Je will be the main threat to his Real Madrid companion, Iker Casillas.

And that is all folks. My thoughts on tonight’s player to watch. And personally, I think it would be interesting to see if Spain get eliminated. 

La Roja as the defending champion as well as World Cup winners, their fans will demand the title again this year and instead of pleasure, there is pressure for the player on their shoulders.

Yeah, sometimes you wish people could just enjoy the moment.

Thank you for reading and take care. Cheers.

Written by Jason Leonardo
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