What future does the Swiss team have after their recent modest performances in the Euro 2024 qualifiers? Pierluigi Tammi, director of national teams, takes a stand.
– Pierluigi Tammi, what assessment do you draw from this qualifying phase?
“The main goal has been achieved, we will participate in the final stage in Germany. But I do not hide that I was worried in recent months about qualifying. I was happy when it was achieved. “The team is going through a difficult stage. “In this difficult phase, we were no longer effective and lost our solidity. After a very good start against Belarus and Israel (editor’s note: 5-0 and 3-0), we always, with one exception, conceded at least one goal. What happens between the two surfaces is good, but we did not We are enough within sixteen meters, on both sides.”
Lack of security and determination
-Is it painful to see this lack of solidity?
“The four matches in March and June were really good, including the match that ended 2-2 against Romania. The two goals conceded at the end of the match can be considered an accident. After that, we saw that everything can happen quickly in football. As of September.” “Security and resolve were missing. We have to see why this happened. We will discuss the matter with Murad.”
– What distinguishes this campaign?
“Switzerland was for the first time the clear favorite in its group. We must see that we were not at the level expected. Our performance on the field did not show that we deserved this favorite position.”
– After these performances, can we say with certainty that Switzerland will go to the Euros with Murat Yakin?
“Murat Yakin has a contract valid until the end of the Euro Championship. Now we have to ask ourselves how to prepare perfectly for this tournament. I would like Murat to explain to me what went wrong in the final qualifiers and how he intends to fix it.” . Only then can we make decisions.”
– What if we conclude that Yakin is no longer the desired coach?
“In the beginning, I was the one who wanted Murat Yakin so badly. We achieved a lot with him. We beat Italy in the World Cup qualifiers, something no one thought was possible. We remained in the league after three defeats. We qualified for the Euros as we wanted . The record speaks for itself. But we must not underestimate the team’s negative development. If the analysis shows that “it’s all due to chance, then we will accept that. But I doubt it.” We will do our best to answer this question.”