Euro 2024: Towards a shock without calculation between Switzerland and Germany

Euro 2024: Towards a shock without calculation between Switzerland and Germany
Euro 2024: Towards a shock without calculation between Switzerland and Germany

The last group match of a major tournament always contains a great deal of uncertainty. There are teams who have no choice but to present their best assets, as they seek to qualify for the knockout stage; those who are already assured of continuing their path and allow themselves to turn. And those who are unaware of the fate reserved for them. This is the case of Switzerland and Germany, opposed this Sunday in Frankfurt (9 p.m.), who will compete in the round of 16 of the Euro without knowing with what comfort.

The two nations are only two points behind in Group A: 2nd with four points, the Nati can finish first in the event of a victory against the Mannschaft (6 points). Enough to push Murat Yakin’s troops forward. “We achieved positive results in the first two matches (editor’s note: 3-1 victory against Hungary followed by a 1-1 draw against Scotland) and we are now in a good situation. We don’t have to win tomorrow (editor’s note: Sunday). But we want to show our qualities and give Germany a hard time,” said the Swiss coach at a press conference.

Yakin was delighted to be able to count on all his players. And despite the risk of suspension hanging over Remo Freuler, Silvan Widmer and Ricardo Rodriguez in the event of a yellow card on Sunday, he assures that there is “no reason to spare anyone”. “All positions are doubled, I have confidence in my 26 players,” he added.

Before him, his German counterpart made the same speech. Asked about the possibility of changing his starting XI compared to the first two outings, Julian Nagelsmann left no room for doubt: “It is important to keep the rhythm, there is not much time to adjust. train in selection”.

The former Bayern Munich coach is wary of a Swiss team which surprised him at the start of the Euro: “Murat (Editor’s note: Yakin) can cause us problems, he is an excellent coach for whom I have a lot of respect. Switzerland showed surprising things during the first two matches, they are our best opponent in this group.

At a press conference this Saturday, there was also talk of the Frankfurt pitch, the quality of which worries both sides. Julian Nagelsmann said he was “concerned about the risk of injury” when he noted that the supports were made extremely slippery on the pitch at the Frankfurt Arena. Murat Yakin, for his part, responded in a humorous tone, recalling that his team had already faced turf problems during their training in Stuttgart. “Maybe that gives us a little advantage,” smiled the Basel resident.

Beside him, on the platform, stood Breel Embolo. The Monaco striker, freshly returned from a serious right knee injury which deprived him of almost the entire season, is applying for a starting place on Sunday after his appearances against Hungary and Scotland. “We have a good team, I worked hard to be part of it and I’m giving it my all to start,” he said. If the coach calls on me, I will be happy to start.

In the German camp, one player has attracted all the praise: Granit Xhaka, targeted as the key player for the Nati. “He is a locker room leader and a team pillar,” said Julian Nagelsamnn. By his presence, he stimulates his teammates. Same story with central defender Jonathan Tah, his teammate at Bayer Leverkusen with whom he has just achieved the Cup-Championship double: “He knows how to take responsibility, he is an authentic leader. He always wants to win.”

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