France well aware of Swiss quality at Euro 2020 – .

France well aware of Swiss quality at Euro 2020 – .

France coach Didier Deschamps warned against Switzerland underestimating ahead of its Euro 2020 round of 16 match on Monday.
The world champions are the favorites to progress in Bucharest, but Deschamps – who has to overcome a number of injury issues – has argued that Vladimir Petkovic’s side are better than they think.

“It’s not a potential banana peel,” he said. “It’s a round of 16 with a place in the quarter-finals in play. We were favorites before the competition but my players and I are aware of the quality of this Swiss team.

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“They have strengths and are capable of good things. They are not 13th in the FIFA rankings for nothing. It is thanks to the team and their coach, Petkovic, who did a very good job during his tenure.

Deschamps lost two left-backs – Lucas Hernandez and Lucas Digne – to injury as their last group game against Portugal ended in a 2-2 draw.

The coach said Digne along with Marcus Thuram and Jules Kounde would miss Monday’s game due to injury.

Although Hernandez was not among the players training on Sunday night, Deschamps has indicated that he expects the Bayern Munich man to be in good shape.

Even though Hernandez is available, there has been speculation that Deschamps could upgrade to a 3-5-2 lineup – with candidates Benjamin Pavard and Adrien Rabiot to be used as wingers.

“Before each game, I analyze,” said Deschamps. “I talk to the players, I have their ideas. The aim is to give them the best possible chance.

“But I’m the one who decides, I make the decisions. “

Switzerland qualified for the round of 16 as one of the best third-place teams in the groups.

Their latest result was their best, a 3-1 win over Turkey in which Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice.

“We were happy to win and reach the round of 16,” said Petkovic.

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“We had to wait a few days to know our opponents, but we are happy to play against the world champions.

“Despite all the outward talk – everyone talks like we don’t have a chance – we believe in ourselves and we have to show what we can do on the pitch. We are here and we want to continue living our dream.

Switzerland came out of the last two majors at this stage, beaten by Poland on penalties at Euro 2016 before losing 1-0 to Sweden in the World Cup three years ago.

“Of course, the match against Poland at Euro 2016, we deserved to improve, and on penalties, you have to be lucky,” added Petkovic.

“We learned from that game, but also from the loss to Sweden at the 2018 World Cup.

“With hard times, you gain experience. We want to take a step forward, against France.


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