Switzerland Team Guide for the Euro 2021 tournament | Switzerland finished top of their group and are looking to build upon their recent successes
From 2010 onwards the Swiss team has had a run of strong results have years of failing to qualify for major tournaments or losing in the group stages. This is due to a high number of second-generation players from the former Yugoslavia joining the team and increasing the Swiss talent pool. Even the Head Coach is of dual Bosnian-Swiss nationality.
- Since 2014 Switzerland have reached the last 16 of each major international tournament. They will be looking to improve upon that record and reach the quarter-finals.
- Switzerland qualified for Euro 2020 easily, losing just one game and finishing top of qualifying Group D.
- Switzerland’s recent form has not been as good. During the 2020 season, they won only one game out of the eight games they played. However, that can be mitigated by the fact that their squad was affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
Switzerland Team Guide: Tactics
In their most recent games, Switzerland has lined up in a 3-4-1-2 formation with Granit Xhaka anchoring the midfield and Shaqiri, Embolo, and Seferović the attacking trio. They play a high press and try to force the opposition into mistakes. The drawback is that by the end of the game the players are exhausted and gaps begin to appear. If they can improve their fitness and communication they will be a real handful for any team.
Granit Xhaka has many faults, but regardless of these, he is also an essential player in any team he plays in. He may be slow and sometimes too static, but his refined passing, his competitiveness, and his leadership on and off the field are a boon to any team. As frustrating as he can be, he makes the midfield tick.
Vladimir Petković spent most of his managerial career working with different teams in the Swiss leagues. He then had a two-year stint at Lazio before he became manager of the Swiss national team. He has been the Switzerland national team manager since 2014.
Switzerland Team Guide: Player Profile
Xherdan Shaqiri burst on the scene after his time in Basel in 2012. At the age of 19, he made a high-profile move to Bayern Munich. Unfortunately, he did not quite fulfil his potential and ended up playing in Stoke. He currently plays for Liverpool but is more of a squad player than a midfield maestro.
There is no denying that Shaqiri has lots of talent. He is adept with both feet, has a great long-range shot and possesses excellent vision. His deficits are that he sometimes appears lazy and has a poor work rate. He took some time off from his international career in order to focus on his club career and has worked on a lot of his faults. If he can play to his best and combine well with the rest of the team he will lead them to great things.
Switzerland Team Guide: Switzerland Euro 2021 Odds to win
Switzerland are not one of the favourites to win but are looking to get farther than the Round of 16. A selection of odds is below.
All odds were correct at time of publication on 26/04/21. Odds are subject to change.