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The narrow ridge under Petkovic

For the third Time, the Swiss national team, Vladimir Petkovic will start in a qualification for a big tournament. In Georgia, it intends to lay the groundwork in order to qualify to the 2016 and 2018 for a final round. Against the world number 91, the first three points in the new campaign here now. Anything else would be a disappointment. Especially since the Numbers of Swiss are under the Ticino impressive.

The national team has lost for the past four years, no game against a supposedly weaker opponent. The last defeat suffered in the autumn of 2014 in Slovenia (0:1). The second was under Petkovic and the second loss in a row. But it was also the last. Since then, his Team has won 18 of 20 qualification, if you include the games against the "Big" such as England, Portugal and Belgium. And once there was a draw against Northern Ireland in the Barrage for the world Cup in Russia.

Good work, healthy players, a lot of will

If he had a recipe, it was Petkovic asked in Tbilisi. "Yes, I did," replies the Swiss Selektionär immediately "good work, healthy players, a lot of will and the show about 90 minutes on the pitch. We were not focused in most of the Games against supposedly weaker opponents. We were confident, but never arrogant." A narrow ridge that has worked so far obviously. Also on Saturday against Georgia nothing other than a victory will count for the team. However, the Swiss expected to have an opponent that you didn't know in advance much.

Video: The complicated qualification mode explains How to qualify for small Nations for the European championship. Video: Marcel Rohner.

"We were able to prepare well this week and have to get from the coach and Staff also have a couple of things on the way," says Goalie Yann Sommer. "Things that we need to be careful, we have looked at very closely and will have in the evening before the game, still a very detailed video analysis so that we can know everything about the opponent, if we go on Saturday on the square."

Details make all the difference and this includes

The players will be informed of every Detail of the opponent. Strengths and weaknesses of the team, but also their direct competitors in the space. Run on running paths, standing balls and so on. Petkovic and his assistants leave nothing to chance. The player can also on their own mobile devices, such as mobile phone or Tablet for additional information. You will also receive a few minutes after the final whistle of the information and performance data to your own appearance.

"We expect a good Team, with good individual players," says Stephan Lichtsteiner. "And a team that plays at home good soccer and is dangerous. We are warned in any case." The Captain stresses the importance of a good Start for the rest of the games in the campaign - according to the Gusto of the Coach: self-confident, but not arrogant.

However, In a European championship qualification, at the end 24 of 55 teams for the final tournament directly qualify, also reaches rank 2 in the group. Thus, the national team has not given up, however, long been satisfied. (

Created: 22.03.2019, 18:12 PM

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