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Stuttgart Park worries the Swiss team during training

Stuttgart Park worries the Swiss team during training

The beginning of the training week in Stuttgart is not going as desired for the Swiss national team. The quality of the place is “clearly insufficient,” says Pierluigi Tammi.

After the first training session, the national team manager was disappointed with the pitch at Stuttgart's Waldau. “We informed UEFA that there was a problem with the grass,” Tammy explained after the first training session on Monday evening. When placing and assembling the different parts, there were apparently discrepancies felt by players. “There is no greater risk of injury, but the quality of training is affected, of course.”

The national team is now looking for a solution with the European Football Association. A move to another training ground was not initially ruled out.

The only player absent from the first training session was Steven Zuber. The AEK Athens striker, who had previously appointed himself to senior duties with a goal in the friendly match against Estonia (4-0), was forced to be substituted early in the match with Austria last Saturday. Before the end of the first half, the 32-year-old was taken off the field due to a calf injury. According to Tammy, Zuber had an MRI, but the results were not yet known Monday evening.

Otherwise, Murat Yakin's team gave a complete performance at home to Stuttgarter Kickers in the regional league. Briel Embolo and Denis Zakaria, who arrived at preseason camp injured, also made a good impression. Zakaria completed a partial private program, and Embolo did all the training. However, Tammy didn't want to get her hopes up too high. “We have to keep constantly building things and not rush into anything.”

Before the quiet meeting, which was public and attended by about 3,800 interested people, the Swiss were received by a number of political celebrities. Winfried Kretschmann, Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg, and Frank Nuber, Mayor of Stuttgart, wished the national team from the neighboring country good luck in the finals. The only thing left out of the wishlist is the third group match on June 23, when Switzerland meets hosts Germany in Frankfurt. (hcl/cda)

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