In Zaragoza, Murat Yakin became the first coach in history to lead Switzerland to victory in Spain (2-1). He achieved this thanks to a solid selection, with Haris Seferovic relegated to the bench, to a tactical method at 4-2-3-1 to close out small spaces and, above all, on an evening of great Manuel Akanji.
The author of the opening game in 21 headers for his first goal in 42 picks and assists in 2-1, the Zurich player flew over this encounter with all his class. As if his recent move to Manchester City has taken him to another dimension.
However, he was not the only hero of the evening. Jan Sommer confirmed that he is indeed one of the best goalkeepers in the world. That showed how fast he hit the ground with a Soler shot in overtime.
In midfield, Granit Xhaka and Remo Freuler used their sense of anticipation to cut passing lines. “Their role was crucialnotes Johan Djourou, RTS advisor at the Swiss team. They wouldn’t let Pedri and Jaffe take the inside. They couldn’t do that last June in Lisbon against Portugal. We see that this changes everything.“
Series against the Czech Republic
Now, a good follow-up is necessary to capitalize on this historic victory in Aragon. Gallen, Switzerland, which will be denied Manuel Akanji (suspended), will have to take at least one point ahead of the Czech Republic to ensure its preservation.
Faced with the Czechs, who in turn suffered from Portuguese lightning after their 4-0 home defeat, the Swiss will, this time, have to convince in another record: the offensive match record.We will not play 0-0”, emphasizes Murat Yakin, who, in advance, should not make many changes to his eleven base.
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