2024 football shock prediction: Aston Villa wins the NHA championship

Aston Villa What shocks could happen to European football in 2024?

2024 will be an exciting year for world football with many major tournaments held in addition to the familiar rotation of Europe’s top national leagues and the Champions League/Europa League. And the excitement is even greater if there is the possibility of unexpected shocks, unexpected wins and Leicester City 2016-style fairy tales.

Are there any surprise champions in the top 5 national championships?

Leicester’s feat in the past has caused the rise of Aston Villa this season to receive considerable attention from British public opinion even though Liverpool is currently the top team in the Premier League . After all, they were once a big club with the English championship and European Cup, but that glory was from the early 1980s.

Aston Villa’s competitiveness up to now is very respectable as they have defeated both Arsenal and Man City. Coach Unai Emery brings a very organized playing style to “The Villans”, worth mentioning that many of the players they have are the “legacy” left by Steven Gerrard and Gerrard and these players are only worried about staying in relegation. Therefore, if the Birmingham team wins the championship, they deserve to be called a surprise like Leicester City.

In La Liga, Girona is in a very close race with Real Madrid and the Spanish press is waiting for them to avoid the mistake of Real Sociedad in 2003. If successful, Girona will be able to do what only Valencia has been able to do in 2 decades. Last century was to overthrow the “Big Three” of La Liga.

But Girona will be even more warmly praised because Valencia, after all, has money and was once a strong force in Spanish football in the twentieth century. In a time when competing with Barca – Real – Atletico is very difficult, winning the championship will also make Girona an eternal miracle.

Looking at Germany, perhaps it is no longer true to say that Bayer Leverkusen is a fairy tale. They are really strong and the reason why they are still only 4 points ahead of Bayern Munich is because of Bayern’s outstanding performance when Harry Kane is in the squad. Leverkusen have missed out on the German title so many times that people laugh and call them “Neverkusen”, but Xabi Alonso has the opportunity to write a heroic chapter for this team and himself.

While Serie A seems to be just a race between Inter Milan and Juventus, in Ligue 1 Nice is considered the only opponent that can prevent Paris Saint-Germain from winning the championship again. This top defensive team in Europe is only 5 points behind PSG and it is unknown if they will be able to overthrow Lille and Montpellier.

Champions League

Among the teams that have reached the 1/8 round of the Champions League, are there any “dark horses” that promise to rush all the way to the finals? Real Sociedad will be an interesting choice because they not only ranked first in the group stage but also have the tightest defense (only 2 goals conceded). This team’s attack is not too explosive, but their defensive style of play is suitable for cup football.

However, Dortmund has a bigger chance of winning the championship among the “dark horses” and not just because they have been crowned. This season, Dortmund’s domestic football is not stable, but they have overcome the “death group” one round before and their counter-attacking style of play is very formidable. Unlike Sociedad, Dortmund has many individuals who can create breakthroughs in knock-out matches.

EURO

We have not yet determined all the teams that will participate in EURO 2024, but among the teams that are certain to participate, Türkiye cannot be overlooked. This team went through the pain of missing out on a ticket to the 2022 World Cup because of Burak Yilmaz’s missed penalty against Portugal, but in the EURO qualifying campaign they had a formidable force combining both experience and youth.

The fact that Turkey won the top spot in the qualifying round and defeated Croatia, Wales and Germany in a friendly match in mid-November shows that coach Vincenzo Montella is in good hands after just over 3 months in charge. Except for the rotating goalkeeper position, Turkey’s lines have stabilized with the defensive quartet Celik – Akaydin – Bardakci – Kadioglu, the two central midfielders Yuksek – Ozcan feeding the ball to the trio Cengiz Under – Hakan Calhanoglu – Kerem Akturkoglu, three attacking midfielders behind striker Bariz Yilmaz.

Montella also has a wealth of options behind the starting positions, from Merih Demiral in defense to Cenk Tosun, Halil Dervisoglu and Real Madrid star Arda Guler in attack. Montella’s troops adhere to good tactics, keep the team’s distance very methodically and, when necessary, take advantage of dead balls made by Calhanoglu, so Turkey’s ability in EURO cannot be underestimated.

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