England – Switzerland: the predictions of the Romands

Will the Swiss repeat their performance against Italy?

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“Your Swiss team is playing really well at the moment, much better than France and England, and they should be able to get through even if it’s going to be difficult in a quarter-final!” On the other end of the wireless, Frenchwoman Maeva Clémaron, a player for Servette Chênois women, is admiring of the Swiss team’s performance since the start of this Euro, but if she expects to see a “great match”, she doesn’t necessarily feel justified in giving a more in-depth analysis.

“Your Swiss team is playing really well at the moment, much better than France and England and they should be able to get through”

Maeva Clémaron, French player of Servette Chênois women

Former defender for Liverpool but also for Wigan and Blackburn, Stéphane Henchoz is obviously better placed to dissect this clash between the Nati that he served and British football that he knows perfectly well.

Stéphane Henchoz: “Switzerland is a slight favourite”

Stephane Henchoz

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Stéphane Henchoz, former Swiss international, sports director of Lausanne-Sport: “It’s an open match, even though I think Switzerland has never had a better chance of reaching a semi-final than this year. England are a big name, that’s for sure. But in terms of their performances so far, they’ve been weak. They’re below par, they’re weak, with, in my opinion, overrated players. I expected a lot better. In terms of that, Switzerland are slight favourites for me, but I don’t think they’re more than 50/50. The English will have to react and we have to expect them to play at a higher level than we’ve seen so far. It’s up to the Swiss to continue their momentum to qualify.”

Thaïs Hurni: “Beware of this England!”

Thaïs Hurni, former player of Servette Chênois women, now at Young Boys.

Thaïs Hurni, former player of Servette Chênois women, now at Young Boys.

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Thaïs Hurni, Swiss international, Young Boys player: “I can see a 2-1 for Switzerland. As much as after the second match against Scotland I said to myself “oh wow this is going to be complicated”, this team seduced me against Hungary, Germany and especially Italy. There was a lot of character and it was really beautiful to follow them. We were thrilled. Now, watch out for this England, it’s the kind of selection that can wake up at the right time with exceptional players like Harry Kane and Jude Bellingham.”

Chris Rivera: “You have to stay humble”

Chris Rivera

LM

Christopher Rivera (former hockey player, consultant): “I’m a fan of Manchester United but especially of Switzerland! It’s a great pleasure to see this united team at work, playing good football, a bit in this dynamic of our society. Namely that it is multicultural where everyone plays for the other, by representing the values ​​of our country well. It’s the first time in a long time that by seeing them evolve like this, we have the right to dream, to say to ourselves, “why not us”. Even if we are a small country, we do great things in the training centers. There are quite a few players who play in big clubs abroad and we are no longer afraid to face big nations. That’s what makes the difference today but as was the case after the success against Italy, we must remain humble. It will be a question of being wary of this England. Even though this selection has not played a good game since the start of the Euro, there are still some good players ready to fight. I can see a 1-1 and a Swiss victory on penalties.”

Célia Dupré: “Yann Sommer will make the difference”

Celia Dupre

Celia Dupre

Tamedia

Célia Dupré, Swiss rowing champion, selected for the Paris Olympics: “I’m not a great football expert, but I like Yann Sommer. He’s going to have a great match and especially make the difference in the penalty shootout. In my opinion, it will be 2-2 before extra time that won’t come to anything. We’re going to watch the match between rowers in our base camp in Sarnen. And for those who won’t be there, we’re going to send each other messages in our WhattsApp group.”

Sandrine Mauron: “We can still go a long way in this Euro”

Sandrine Mauron

Tamedia

Sandrine Mauron, Swiss international, Servette Chênois FC player: “After watching the English matches, of course they can wake up, but if Switzerland manages to be as disciplined as in their last matches, frankly, we can believe it. I can see a 2-1 for us. In this selection, there is a nice mix between youth and experience. I have the feeling that since the arrival of the assistant, Giorgio Contini, there is something positive in the team that has changed. With Granit Xhaka in the middle with players who have a coaching diploma, we have everything to do well. It is not by chance that we progress in each major competition. It is no longer a surprise to compete with big nations and to find ourselves there. I am convinced that we can go a long way in this Euro. But hey, let’s take one thing at a time…”

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