Switzerland World Cup

Switzerland News: Petkovic demands improvement

1 year ago

In the latest Switzerland news, boss Vladimir Petkovic revealed his disappointment after watching his side draw with Costa Rica and has demanded an improvement for the knockout stages.

The Rossocrociati have endured a mixed campaign in Russia so far but Wednesday’s draw with Costa Rica was enough to secure progression into the last 16.

After drawing with Brazil in their opening game, Switzerland went into their clash with Serbia full of confidence and came away with an impressive 2-1 win.

Wednesday’s outing proved to be tougher than expected against Costa Rica, who ultimately finished bottom of the group, and Switzerland were held after going in front on two occasions.

The draw was enough from the the final Group E match to guarantee Switzerland a route into the knockout stages and they will now face Sweden in the last 16 on Tuesday.

Petkovic struggled to hide his frustrations after the full-time whistle and admitted his side walked a fine line between arrogance and confidence.

“It’s hard to say which side of the line we were on,” Petkovic said.

“But the fact of the matter was that we turned over too much possession and lost too many one-on-one situations and so, when that happens, it all adds up.

“Because of that, it was a much different performance than what we saw against Brazil and Serbia.”

The 54-year-old insists he won’t “overanalyse” the performance but has stressed the importance of stepping up for their last-16 meeting with Sweden in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.

He added: “I don’t think we need to overanalyse what went wrong, but it has to be taken very seriously, and we need to recognise this is not the way to go forward.

“I’m sure next game we’ll be much better. I don’t know why it didn’t work well for us.”

Switzerland can be backed at 13/8 to win their last-16 tie, while the draw is available at 2/1, and Sweden are priced at 21/10 to come out on top with Sky Bet.