The focus will be on Wales’ first Euro 2020 opponent, Switzerland.

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The focus will be on Wales’ first Euro 2020 opponent, Switzerland.

Against Saturday, Wales takes on Switzerland in their Euro 2020 opening.

The PA news agency focuses on the Switzerland team before of their Group A match at Baku’s Olympic Stadium.

Formalize

In 2021, Switzerland had a perfect winning record and will enter Euro 2020 with a perfect record. Warm-up friendly triumphs over Finland, the United States, and Liechtenstein followed March victory over Bulgaria and Lithuania in 2022 World Cup qualification. Switzerland’s latest loss was in the Nations League in November 2020, when they were defeated 2-1 by Belgium. Three days later, they drew 1-1 with Spain before winning 3-0 in their final Nations League game after Ukraine players tested positive for coronavirus.

Educator

Vladimir Petkovic, a Sarajevo native, took over as head coach in 2014, succeeding Ottmar Hitzfeld. In 1987, the 57-year-old fled from Yugoslavia to Switzerland as an ethnic Croat from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Petkovic is a dual citizen of Bosnia & Herzegovina and Switzerland. In 1997, he began his management career in Switzerland, managing teams such as Lugano, Sion, and Young Boys, as well as spending a season in Turkey with Samsunspor. During a two-season stint in Italy, Petkovic led Lazio to Coppa Italia triumph in 2013, and he has led Switzerland to the last 16 of both Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup.

Techniques

Petkovic prefers to keep his opponents guessing over formations and tactics. The fact Switzerland’s players are dotted all around Europe’s top leagues now ensures Petkovic’s squad are able to adapt to subtle tactical tweaks. Petkovic has tended to favour close modifications of 3-4-2-1 and 5-4-1 formations, meaning his system could be similar or identical to that of Wales. Switzerland will be stubborn in their defensive shape and keen to break forward quickly in transition, while getting Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri on the ball to do maximum damage.

Key men

Switzerland have a solid look about them, right through from Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer to Benfica striker Haris Seferovic. Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is the most capped player in the squad with 94 appearances, while Shaqiri is only three behind that figure. Newcastle’s Fabian Schar is a. (This is a short article)

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