Steve Clarke went into 2023 with the goal of guiding Scotland to the European Championships in Germany. He did that, and in some type.
So what’s on the 2024 goal checklist? Effectively, he desires to be “aggressive in each recreation” on the Euros as Scotland bid to progress previous the group levels of a serious event for the primary time.
Hosts Germany await within the opener of Euro 2024, earlier than video games towards Hungary and Switzerland, and Clarke will likely be leaving no stone unturned to make it a profitable marketing campaign.
“I believe it is a good open draw,” he completely instructed Sky Sports activities.
“The video games are actually good video games to stay up for and the pleasing factor for me as a soccer coach is that’s it is three groups that we have not come up towards – so it provides me plenty of work to do over the winter months.
“The hibernation of the worldwide supervisor is generally December, January, and February – so I can hibernate in a room, get the massive display on and watch plenty of soccer!
“I will study just a little bit extra about all three groups and ensure after we get to the event subsequent summer season we’re nicely ready as we may be.”
Clarke has led Scotland to consecutive European Championships however will likely be hoping outcomes this time round are higher.
Defeats to the Czech Republic and Croatia, plus a draw towards England at Euro 2020, noticed his facet end backside of their group because the watch for development to the knockouts went on.
Nevertheless, after dramatic victories over Spain and Norway on this qualifying marketing campaign, the Tartan Military are hoping for extra – and Clarke is conscious of that expectation.
Scotland’s potential path to the ultimate ending as group winners…
If Scotland end as winners of Group A however all different outcomes at Euro 2024 go together with the world rankings, the Scots’ opponents within the knockout rounds could be…
Spherical of 16: Saturday June 29 – Scotland vs Denmark (Westfalenstadion, Dortmund)
Quarter-final: Friday July 5 – Spain vs Scotland (MHPArena, Stuttgart)
Semi-final: Tuesday July 9 – Scotland vs Netherlands; kick-off 8pm (Allianz Enviornment, Munich)
Closing: Sunday July 14 – Scotland vs France; kick-off 8pm (Olympiastadion, Berlin)
He stated: “I believe it is nice they’re onside, it is nice they anticipate their group to be aggressive. It is all a part of the method.
“The extra you do, the extra folks need. The extra profitable you’re, the extra success folks need – so it’s important to embrace that and get on with it.
“Each recreation will likely be aggressive. Should you communicate to the Tartan Military, all they need is for his or her group to be aggressive each time they go onto the pitch. I believe we have that now, I believe we have a aggressive group.
“Hopefully we’ll play in addition to we are able to play and on the finish of the three group video games we’ll tally up the factors and see the place that takes us.
“Being Scottish we like a problem – this 12 months goes to be a problem. Final 12 months was an amazing 12 months – it is time to shut the door on 2023 and stay up for hopefully a really thrilling and profitable 2024.”
Scotland’s potential path to the ultimate ending as group runners-up…
If Scotland end as Group A runners-up however all different outcomes at Euro 2024 go together with the world rankings, the Scots’ opponents within the knockout rounds could be…
Spherical of 16: Saturday June 29 – Scotland vs Italy (Olympiastadion, Berlin)
Quarter-final: Saturday July 6 – England vs Scotland (Merkur Spiel-Enviornment, Düsseldorf)
Semi-final: Wednesday July 10 – France vs Scotland; kick-off 8pm (Allianz Enviornment, Munich)
Closing: Sunday July 14 – Spain vs Scotland; kick-off 8pm (Olympiastadion, Berlin)
Scotland will tackle the Netherlands and Northern Eire in warm-up matches in March, earlier than Clarke names his squad for the Euros.
Nevertheless, Clarke’s preparations is not going to be solely centred on ways and formations – with the opening ceremony additionally coming into the equation.
Within the hours working as much as that first match towards Germany, different actions will take centre stage on the Allianz Enviornment in Munich, and Clarke is already planning to make sure it does not hamper preparations.
He stated: “I am fairly positive it is going to be a little bit of a circus. It is one thing that it’s important to watch out of. For us it is not in regards to the opening ceremony, it is not in regards to the hoo-ha that will likely be there – it is in regards to the match.
“Crucial factor will likely be is that we all know upfront what the schedule will likely be on the stadium on the pitch, after we can heat up, when we now have to be off the pitch.
“Perhaps we are able to introduce that right into a coaching day in order that the gamers perceive that is what you will have, that is the period of time you will have in between coming off the pitch and going again on the pitch. It will likely be totally different to a standard recreation, we simply should be sure that there’s nothing that occurs that surprises the gamers.
“Now we have to separate ourselves from the build-up and simply focus on being prepared for the primary recreation towards the host nation Germany. Though they is probably not having the most effective time simply now, I am positive come the event will likely be prepared as a result of they at all times are.”