Scheduled this Saturday in Zaragoza, the 25th Spain – Switzerland in history will deliver a major lesson (RTS2, 8:10 p.m.). Two months before its entry into the running at the World Cup in Qatar, Switzerland will know if it is playing football today that can stick to Manuel Akanji’s speech. A speech that evokes nothing less than a coronation in Doha on the evening of December 18.
Spain intend to take the points on Saturday to consolidate their top spot in the group ahead of Tuesday’s top clash in Braga against Portugal. As for Switzerland, they must obtain a result in Zaragoza so as not to be relegated on Saturday evening already if the Czechs have the bad idea of beating Portugal in Prague.
In Zaragoza, Murat Yakin will have to deal without his best striker, Noah Okafor. Deprived of the speed of the Salzburg player, the coach will bet on the same trio present at the kick-off of the round of 16 of the Euro, composed of Xherdan Shaqiri, Haris Seferovic and Breel Embolo.
The questions around the condition of Shaqiri and Seferovic and the memory of the 3 defeats conceded in the first 3 matches of this Nations League campaign do not encourage blissful optimism. But Murat Yakin does not advance towards this penultimate match before the World Cup without trumps.
Murat Yakin is counting on Granit Xhaka, author of an excellent start to the season with Arsenal. [Gian Ehrenzeller – Keystone]
Three of his base men may, indeed, have never been stronger. We want to talk about Yann Sommer, author on August 27 of a masterful performance in Munich against Bayern. From Manuel Akanki who only took 3 matches to gain the confidence of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. And finally Granit Xhaka, one of the architects of Arsenal’s superb start to the Premier League season.
The goalkeeper, the defender and the captain can thus dream of a feat on Saturday, a 2nd victory in history against La Roja 12 years after Durban’s success at the 2010 World Cup with this goal by Gelson Fernandes which remained in the memoirs.