Tomorrow the quarterfinals of the Euro 2020 with Spain-Switzerland. This could be the layout initial of the Helvetian set:
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Sommer: He was already a historical player in the national team, but Sommer is even more so after the penalty shoot-out against France. The one that stopped Mbappé on the fifth pitch is a Eurocup milestone. One of the great culprits that Switzerland is here.
Ricardo Rodriguez: If we say that Sommer is a mythical player, Ricardo Rodríguez is not far behind. He is a set-piece specialist with a good hitting the ball. The penalty for him is that he missed a penalty at 0-1 on Monday that would have simplified everything.
Akanji: the defensive axis of this team revolves around Akanji. He is the one who acts as a libero in a defense of three centrals and who is entrusted with the leadership in the back. A key player despite the fact that he is barely 26 years old
Elvedi: Even younger than Akanji, he made his senior debut at just 20 years old and is another fixture for Petkovic. He helps very well in the back of three and is Sommer’s teammate at Borussia Monchegladbach, who this year has surprised in the Champions League.
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Widmer– It took a little longer than others to settle down, but Widmer is having a great Euro with Switzerland. He started as a substitute but as a winger he is developing well. Right now he has earned a starting position.
Zakaria: another Gladbach player, in this case should be the one chosen to replace Xhaka. The captain will be the great absence in our rival, by penalty. Zakaria is a more defensive court player. He played a few minutes in the opening game against Wales.
Freuler: one of the axes of the Swiss game will pass through Freuler. Since he signed for Atalanta five years ago, he has made a leap in the national team and now he is an irreplaceable player. He has played practically everything so far in this European Championship (384 minutes out of 390)
Zuber: Switzerland’s left winger is being one of the sensations of this tournament. He gave a hat-trick of assists in the first phase match against Turkey (3-1) and added another against France. The European Championship is being a great showcase for him and the match against Spain will be a new opportunity.
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Shaqiri: Due to Xhaka’s absence, the Liverpool player will be our rival’s best hope tomorrow. He was key in the game against Turkey to get through to the second round, thanks to the fact that he scored a double. He is the footballer of the current squad with the most international matches and surely the one with the highest quality. He will act as a playmaker.
Plunger: This is where I have more doubts, but a priori the ownership will be for Embolo. So far he has been an untouchable for Petkovic and on such a day removing him would be a stick for him. Of course, Gavranovic was one of the eighth heroes and that could give him a chance in the XI.
Seferovic: the ex of the Real Sociedad has put the batteries in the last two parties, in the line of the whole team. He adds 3 goals and can fight to finish as the top scorer. He is the team’s reference number ‘9’ and one of the great dangers of tomorrow for the national team.