There are definitely nicer days – like a rainy Monday – to start the week. The reception in front of the Royal Savoy in Lausanne is damp and cold. Suitable for the sports starting position of the Swiss team players. Because the next World Cup qualifiers against Northern Ireland in Geneva on Saturday and Lithuania in Vilnius three days later will also be uncomfortable. Murat Yakin’s team must score at least six points to stand up to the leaders Italy.
The failures of Benfica striker Haris Seferovic and Arsenal manager Granit Xhaka have a huge impact. The captain gives the bandage to Xherdan Shaqiri after he injured his knee. The King’s move from Olympique Lyon is off to a strong start. After five matches, he has one goal and one assist, and with 363 minutes of playing time, he’s more present than years.
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The increase in form also beats the recently canceled goal against Saint-Etienne (1:1). A month ago he left Nati camp prematurely due to lack of physical fitness. Now he wants to secure high-scoring victories as a leader. He’s supposed to be helped by Dennis Zakaria, who feels he’s in great shape compared to the last time he moved in together. He proved it in the 3-1 win with Gladbach when he prepared his dream Braille Embolo goal.
The superb overhead kick to make the score 1-0 was followed by an Embolo pass to make it 2-0. This way, Nati’s striker can forget about Seferovic’s failure. They were succeeded by Mario Gavranovic, Alban Ajeti and Cedric Iten. Striker Greuther Fürth earned his national team nomination over a week ago with his goal against Bayern Munich. But on Saturday at 1:3 against Cologne, things went less well as the Joker. Even before the match, he had black eyes in training after an air duel. “It looks worse than it actually is,” Itten says and gives all the clarity.
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