Soccer-Swiss must forget the Italian disappointment if they want to move forward
BAKU (Reuters) – Switzerland must shake off the disappointment of a mutilation of Italy in their last European Championship game if they are to beat Turkey in Baku on Sunday and avoid elimination, warned the coach Vladimir Petkovic.
Their last game in Group A is a must-see for both and follows a 3-0 defeat in Rome on Wednesday that sparked introspection for the Swiss.
“The most important thing tomorrow will be to stay in the game, better than in the last game,” Petkovic said at Saturday’s pre-match press conference.
The Swiss were passed by Italy and also looked uninspired in their opener against Wales, a 1-1 draw in Baku last weekend.
“We have to give our all and influence whatever we can influence. We have to find our values, our connections between the parts of the team and then, above all, give our all.
“The 3-0 score was enough suffering but it was against a very strong opponent and that maybe influenced some things that we didn’t do well, but that’s in the past. There is nothing we can do about it. do now. We need to focus on what we can influence now. “
Switzerland will reunite with first-choice goalkeeper Yann Sommer after leaving the team for the birth of their second child. He flew after the Rome game for Cologne and returned to the Swiss team on Friday.
He missed the birth. “But I was still able to spend a day with my family and meet my second daughter,” he said.
Turkey’s opponents enter the match after two losses in the tournament.
(Written by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; edited by Andrew Cawthorne)