Ukraine Team Guide for the Euro 2021 tournament | Shevchenko rebuilt the Ukrainian team and they qualified for the Euros with ease
Things were not going very well for Ukraine until Shevchenko made some changes. He dropped several veteran players. Then he called up new players like Vitaliy Mykolenko, Eduard Sobol, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Ruslan Malinovskyi. He then also brought in Marlos and Júnior Moraes, two Brazilian-born footballers, to the national team. Both players have contributed well to the national team.
- Ukraine have found a balance between defensive solidity and attacking creativity.
- Ukraine won their qualifying group, finishing above holders Portugal. They won six matches and drew two. They also kept five clean sheets and only conceded four goals.
- However, their 2020 form has been disastrous mostly in part to coronavirus infections.
Ukraine Team Guide: Tactics
Shevchenko has changed Ukraine to a higher-tempo game playing a 4-3-3. The fullbacks are much more involved and there is a very powerful defensive midfield with Stepanenko, Malinovskyi, and Zinchenko. Shevchenko has also played a false nine on a few occasions.
Zinchenko is a versatile midfielder who can also play as a wing-back and full-back. He is a real talent and is a very important player for Ukraine. Playing in a more attacking role for Ukraine and getting in good positions to receive passes, create chances, and attack defenders he makes life very difficult for the opposition.
Before becoming head coach for Ukraine, Shevchenko did not have any managerial experience. However, he has proved his doubters wrong and is building a strong young team playing a style of football that makes Ukraine a real threat. He has also instilled a winning mentality in the team and this is beginning to pay dividends.
Ukraine Team Guide: Player Profile
Andriy Yarmolenko is one of the veteran players that was not affected by Shevchenko’s clear out. Yarmalenko is an imposing forward and has a habit of scoring some really important goals. In combination with Ruslan Malinovskyi, Roman Yaremchuk and Oleksandr Zinchenko Ukraine is actually a very attack-focused team.
Yarolenko’s greatest challenge will be staying fit in time for the competition. Now 31 years old and with the very compressed Premier League schedule, he has had a number of small injuries niggling him this year.
Ukraine Team Guide: Ukraine Euro 2021 Odds to win
Ukraine are one of the mid-level teams in the competition. If they play as well as they did during Euro 2020 qualifying they can get far.
Check out why we think Ukraine is a Dark Horse of the Euro Tournament.
A selection of odds is below.
All odds were correct at time of publication on 26/04/21. Odds are subject to change.