With a manager who has plied his trade in Italy and a patrol of much-traveled players, Switzerland is counting on a general knowledge for success during a European Championship.
Vladimir Petkovic, who transposed Ottmar Hitzfeld after Switzerland’s improved by Argentina during a 2014 World Cup, has done some critical changes to a side that faces Poland in a final 16 on Saturday.
A former Lazio coach, he has kept Hitzfeld’s defensive genius while bringing a lurch of creativity to a patrol of players that also has knowledge of Serie A soccer.
“Serie A is a unequivocally critical joining during a European turn from each perspective,” Petkovic told a news discussion on Friday. “We talked about how severe it was 3 years ago. But each year Juventus shows it is a unequivocally rival division.”
Solid fortifying – a pivotal peculiarity in Italy – has hermetic Switzerland’s initial ever coming in a knockout stages, with only one idea conceded in a contest so far.
Petkovic, who has also managed Turkish side Samsunspor, pronounced Serie A had done him a improved coach.
“The coaches there unequivocally investigate a antithesis dual or 3 times in a march of a week, to try to get a improved of their opponents,” he said.
Switzerland captain Stephan Lichtsteiner, now with Juventus after a army during Lazio, pronounced personification with a Italian champions has given him a possibility to sight “with some of a best players in a world,” and has helped him “improve a lot as an individual.”
Other Swiss players can pull on their knowledge of Italian football. Watford midfielder Valon Behrami has played with Genoa, Lazio, Fiorentina and Napoli, while Blerim Dzemaili, now on loan during Genoa, has played for Parma and Napoli.
Hamburg defender Johan Djourou, who forms a plain core behind pairing with Fabian Schaer during Euro 2016, believes that knowledge of other leagues has been a pivotal part in Switzerland’s success.
“Most of all since a foe is tougher, we need to quarrel for your spot, and since we are holding on high-caliber players,” pronounced Djourou, who left for Arsenal when he was only 16. “In Germany, a defender has to understanding with (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang or (Robert) Lewandowski.”
Switzerland’s heading player, Xherdan Shaqiri, is now with Stoke in a Premier League after stints during Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, while arriving midfielder Granit Xhaka has been sealed by Arsenal.
“We are propitious to be separate with 3 large countries (Italy, Germany, France) with opposite football brands, and we are means to investigate all of that,” Petkovic said. “And if we can afterwards supplement that into your possess side, it can be advantageous.”