The Swiss coach explains the slap received

Switzerland did not exist on Tuesday against Portugal, winner 6-1 of a one-sided match.

At the meeting of the round of 16 of the World Cup for the third time in a row, Switzerland did not have more success than in 2014 or 2018. And this time, the elimination turned to the correction for the Nation. While they had resisted against Brazil in the group stage, the Swiss completely foundered against Portugal, conceding a 6-1 synonymous with the worst defeat in the history of the National Team, on the same line as the 5-0 against Germany in 1966.

But according to Murat Yakin, the Swiss coach, the Helvetii had some extenuating circumstances. Asked about the absence of Silvan Widmer, the former midfielder revealed that several Swiss players were sick. “Silvan Widmer was able to train on Monday but he started to have a fever last night. Unfortunately, he was too ill to play. Fabian Schär didn’t have the strength either, during the match. So we couldn’t play with all our strength. (Nico) Elvedi has been sick for four days. He too has a fever. Schär was not 100% against the physical pressure of our opponent either,” he said at a press conference.

The Swiss coach nevertheless paid tribute to Portugal, “much stronger”. “I am convinced that I made the right choices in this World Cup and that it is not a question of the system but of the opponent. Portugal were much stronger than us and they had anticipated what we wanted to do. In the end, we ran a lot, for not much”he thus conceded.


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