Nati coach Murat Yakin is happy to take the safe second place in the group after winning Lithuania. The national team is now confidently moving towards the Italian cracker.
- Tobias Wedermann
First four competitive games without conceding a goal. No national team coach has been able to achieve this.
Murat Yakin is pleased with this and is already looking towards the Italian cracker.
He also praises forward Breel Embolo: “It was great.”
Six points, six goals and still no goals – Nati has done his duty against Northern Ireland and Lithuania. Good for coach Murat Yakin: No national team coach has managed to score in the first four matches before. Yakin, who beat Lithuania 4-0 on Tuesday evening, said: “Of course I am happy as a coach and I am sure that Yann Sommer, who is not used to this, is also happy.” However, this does not mean that they will play more defensively under him. “Defense starts from the top and we have players for that.”
Overall, the 47-year-old is happy with the second Nati stage led by the leader. “We missed some players against Italy and Northern Ireland in September, some are now back and you can see the effect.” Yakin means Xherdan Shaqiri or Breel Embolo. The latter scored two goals against Northern Ireland on Tuesday and two against Lithuania. “In Breel you can see very well what the rhythm of the game, the conditioning and the goals could trigger – he was perfect.” But now it is also important for the players in their clubs to keep their rhythm in the coming weeks, play good games and, above all, stay healthy.
Whether or not Embolo will make room for Haris Sefervoic again in the upcoming games in the storm center is highly unlikely given the current performance. “Haris Seferovic must first be fit, play and create target movements. “It’s extremely important for a striker,” he said.
“We’re going to Rome safely”
On November 12, the group victory over the European champions Italy awaits the final. “We are safely going to Rome. The Italians will be his home under pressure.” If you can hold zero for a long time, allow a few mistakes and show strong mileage, Switzerland has a good chance of a successful result in Italy. “But I’m also happy that we were able to put two games in second place before the end,” he said. “Probably not everyone thought about it.” Depending on the outcome between the match between Northern Ireland and Italy, as well as the second Swiss match against Bulgaria in Lucerne, Nati would theoretically be enough to win the group with a draw against Italy. Both teams currently have 14 points, but Switzerland is two goals short.
After the match against Lithuania, the winner of the match, Breel Embolo, also looked directly in the direction of the Italian cracker in SRF: “Now everything is under our feet to take first place in the group.”
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