Croatia’s national eleven is top favourite in qualification group E for the 2020 European Championship, Marco Rossi, Hungary’s national coach, said on Sunday.
Group E features Croatia, Wales, Slovakia, Hungary and Azerbaijan, with the top two teams automatically qualifying for Euro 2020.
“Croatia is by far the best squad in the group. As for the others, it will be mainly up to us what results we achieve,”
Rossi told the website of the Hungarian Football Association (MLSZ).
“The Croats don’t need to be introduced to anyone, the runner-up in this year’s World Cup represents a different quality than the other four teams. Hungary will probably wage a tough battle with Wales and Slovakia for the second place. Nor should we underrate the Azeri team,” the Italian coach of the Hungarian team said.
MLSZ President Sándor Csányi said that “Hungary and Hungarian fans will in any case benefit from the European Championship because Budapest will co-host the tournament.”
Ryan Giggs told BBC Sport Wales:
“I think Croatia are favourites and the rest of the teams are competitive. “We’ve shown glimpses of it, now we have to show it consistently going into the qualifiers,” he said.
Full Euro 2020 qualifiers draw
Group A: England, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Kosovo.
Group B: Portugal, Ukraine, Serbia, Lithuania, Luxembourg.
Group C: Netherlands, Germany, Northern Ireland, Estonia, Belarus.
Group D: Switzerland, Denmark, Republic of Ireland, Georgia, Gibraltar.
Group E: Croatia, Wales, Slovakia, Hungary, Azerbaijan.
Group F: Spain, Sweden, Norway, Romania, Faroe Islands, Malta.
Group G: Poland, Austria, Israel, Slovenia, Macedonia, Latvia.
Group H: France, Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova, Andorra.
Group I: Belgium, Russia, Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, San Marino.
Group J: Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, Armenia, Liechtenstein.