SUI-GER: Nagelsmann fears the pitch more than the opponent

SUI-GER: Nagelsmann fears the pitch more than the opponent
SUI-GER: Nagelsmann fears the pitch more than the opponent

Will the 54th Germany – Switzerland in history, the first in a final phase since the 1966 World Cup, be a big celebration for the neighbors?

Everything is in line for Sunday’s match in Stuttgart to be a success.

Freed from the weight of the stakes with qualification for the round of 16 of this Euro 2024 assured – even if it is not yet formal for Switzerland, the two teams will fight for prestige and, of course, for the first group place. But as we know, many theories on the importance of winning your group to benefit from a favorable picture have often been swept away by the imponderables of this sport.

Four days after the draw against Scotland which reminded us how great Xherdan Shaqiri was but also how the game of the Swiss team can crumble if Granit Xhaka does not shine, Switzerland must raise the cursor. A necessity before entering the money time of the tournament.

It is appropriate, in fact, to send a message to the future opponent of the round of 16, undoubtedly the Italians, to show him that this Swiss team can inspire fear even if it was, among the nineteen teams qualified directly for this Euro, the one which presented the most modest results sheet…

Granit Xhaka expected around the corner

On Wednesday, Scott McTominay did not give up on Granit Xhaka. On Sunday, it will undoubtedly be up to Xhaka’s teammate at Leverkusen, Robert Andrich, to play guard. After flying over the Bundesliga, the captain of the Swiss team will be expected around the corner. As if the Germans intended to make him pay for a sort of arrogance from which he sometimes cannot break away.

As for Xherdan Shaqiri, it’s a safe bet that Murat Yakin will give him a wild card role this time. Faced with an opponent who will seek to exert a very clear hold from the outset, the Basel player will perhaps be more useful coming off the bench.

Undefeated against Germany for four matches with a last defeat dating back to March 26, 2008 – a 4-0 slap in Basel – Switzerland will come up against a “Mannschaft” which is on the verge of reliving the “Sommermärchen” of 2006 when the selection of Jürgen Klinsmann enchanted an entire nation before his dream was shattered in the semi-final against Italy.

Victorious 5-1 over Scotland and 2-0 over Hungary, the team led by Jürgen Nagelsmann delivered the goods in their first two matches. In a 4-2-3-1 organization, the trio formed just behind Kai Havertz by Florian Wirtz, Ilkay Gündogän and Jamal Musiala gives its full measure.

It will therefore take an XXL feat for Switzerland to win a tenth time against Germany. The last victory was obtained on May 26, 2012 in Basel, where Eren Derdiyok, author of a hat-trick that Saturday, decided to remind people that he could have been “the” great striker of the Swiss team.

In Frankfurt, Murat Yakin will of course seek to protect himself against the pressure that Germany will undoubtedly impose. But he also knows that openings will open up for his attackers. A Dan Ndoye will certainly find a favorable context to exploit his speed.

The memory of 2018

Murat Yakin will also be asked to properly manage the problem of yellow cards. Six years ago in Russia, Vladimir Petkovic entered the round of 16 against Sweden without Stephan Lichtsteiner and Fabian Schär, who received a second warning during the third group match against Costa Rica, the stakes of which remained very relative. .

The one who remains today the best coach in history had then failed as much through pride as through stupidity.

Silvan Widmer, Ricardo Rodriguez, Remo Freuler and Vincent Sierro are, in turn, under threat of suspension for the round of 16. Wisdom dictates that we let them enjoy this derby on the bench. The day that matters is June 29, not Sunday!

This article was automatically published. Source: ats



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