Who shined, who fell away? blue Sport follows the performances of the Swiss mercenaries very closely.
Yann Sommer, who is still ill, will again be replaced by 20-year-old Jan Olschowsky in the 4-2 win against Dortmund. Is the World Cup too soon for the summer? Gladbach coach Daniel Farke said last Thursday: “I don’t want to over-dramatize it. Yann is in good mental condition. Everything points to the fact that he will be fit for the World Cup.” However, he prefers to be cautious with forecasts, because there were setbacks in his rehabilitation that made it impossible to at least play before the World Cup.
Elvedi took the loss in the 4-2 win against Dortmund. When BVB equalized at 1-1, he was not enough for Julian Brandt. Overall, he can be satisfied with his performance, but above all with that of his team.
Hard to believe, but Gregor Kobel prevented an even heavier defeat against Gladbach. Despite conceding four goals, he is one of the few Dortmunders to receive a passing grade.
After their last three defeats in a row, Mainz finally regained a point with a 1-1 draw against Frankfurt. As usual, Widmer puts a lot of steam forward on his right side. Shortly before the break, he appears completely free in front of the opponent’s goal, but he cannot handle the ball and thus the opportunity fizzles. In the second half, Widmer again got to finish from a good position, but missed the shot. He is substituted after 67 minutes.
Fernandes is once again deployed at right-back in a three-man defense and doesn’t always look stylish. However, the 26-year-old gets good marks when it comes to building the game. His laser pass to Widmer deserved an assist. Fernandes may lose for the third time in a row.
As usual, Sow marches from box to box for 90 minutes without falling or noticing. The 1-1 draw puts Frankfurt in 4th place and has a place in the Champions League during the World Cup.
below, Schalke lost to leaders Bayern Munich 0:2. Brunner repeatedly has to deal with Kingsley Coman on the right side of the defense and defends bravely. He was doing a good job until he was substituted in the 75th minute.
Augsburg lost against Bochum 0:1. For Vargas, it’s also a day to forget on a personal level. In the last serious clash before the World Cup, he came on for the injured Gouweleeuw after half an hour, only to be substituted again in the 77th minute.
Arsenal won 2-0 away at Wolverhampton on Saturday night to extend their lead in the table. Xhaka can’t do much with it, because the captain of the national team is replaced after only 15 minutes. In the post-match media conference, coach Mikel Arteta explains that Xhaka was not feeling well: “Some players had stomach problems.” The team must have eaten something bad the day before the game.
Akanji plays in central defense and has claimed his first assist since joining Manchester City from Dortmund. However, feelings of happiness do not happen, City lost the home match with Brentford 1:2. Ivan Toney scored an important goal in the eighth minute of regulation time.
Newcastle have only lost one game this season, against Liverpool at the end of August – it was also the only game in which Schär did not start. Newcastle claimed their fifth league win in a row against Chelsea to defend third place. Whether the 30-year-old will also be in the starting XI for the World Cup remains to be seen. Anyway, he made a good advertisement for himself this season.
Mbabu, who did not make Switzerland’s World Cup squad, sat on the bench for 90 minutes in the 2-1 defeat by Manchester United.
A 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, their third win of the season, saw the Tricky Trees move from bottom of the table. Freuler plays in midfield and knows how to please.
Zakaria sits on the bench in the 0-1 draw against Newcastle. The Swiss is still waiting to make his league debut for Chelsea. Since moving from Juventus to Chelsea, he has only played in the Champions League against Dinamo Zagreb, where he also shone as a goalscorer.
Aebischer enters the national camp with great confidence. The 25-year-old scored his first goal of the season in a 3-0 win against Sassuolo. He made it 1-0 in the 30th minute before being substituted at 2-0 in the 68th minute.
Rodriguez is off the bench against AS Roma but returns straight after the break and a few minutes later Torino take the lead. For a long time, it looks like the guests will win, before the Romans manage to equalize in the fourth minute of stoppage time. Rodriguez is not responsible for the goal.
Haas was on the bench for the 2-0 win against Cremonese.
Newly promoted Cremonese lost 2-0 to Empoli to go into the World Cup break without a win. With eight defeats and seven draws, regular player Charles Pickel’s side are surprisingly not at the bottom of the table.
Shaqiri is keeping fit at FC Lugano. He fought his last serious match on October 9. There’s no need to worry, says national team coach Murat Yakin. Shaqiri is a player who can adapt quickly. It is important that he is healthy. In fact, Shaqiri has also joined the national team in previous tournaments without much match experience and has proven often enough that he can make a difference.
Valencia saw off the World Cup break with a 3-0 win over Betis last Thursday. Cömert makes his way through the middle of the defense but has a fairly quiet evening.
When Embolo came on as a 78th-minute substitute against Marseille, it was still 2-1 to Monaco. The striker cannot set any accents up front and has to watch how Marseille actually turn the game around in the final stages. The score was 3:2 in the eighth minute of regulation time.
After missing the last two games injured, Omlin returns to the Montpellier goal and boasts several saves against Stade Reims. Shortly before the end, he must be defeated, the game ends 1:1.
Lotomba, who was not selected for the World Cup, played at left-back for the second consecutive season against Lyon. So, of all things, in a position for which Murat Yakin did not have a real backup for Ricardo Rodriguez. The match ends 1:1, Lotomba does not focus on goals.
Ajaccio drew 2-2 at Nantes. Spadanuda doesn’t get a chance and is on the substitutes’ bench for 90 minutes.
Due to injury, Yvon Mvogo will miss the match with Strasbourg, but above all the World Cup in Qatar. And it might get even worse for the Swiss goalkeeper. Lorient coach Régis Le Bris told a press conference on Friday that Mvogo would be out for four to six months. He injured his quadriceps tendon, which connects the main thigh muscle to the kneecap, and underwent surgery on Wednesday. The season could already be over for the 28-year-old.
Stretching the abdominal muscles puts Zuber out of action. Injury prevents the attacking man from playing at zero against Olympiakos. Nati coach Murat Yakin also recently said that Zuber himself had to give up on the World Cup, which is why he was not called up. “He was very honest and fair and said he would rather give the place to a young player,” Yakin said.
Cambur lost 2-1 to Heerenveen, the fifth defeat in a row for the Mambimbi side, who remain in the relegation zone. The Swiss striker is not used.
In a 2:2 draw against Bruges in the round of 16 of the Champions League, Frey did not come into the game until the 72nd minute at 0:2. Frey then needed just three minutes to score his 6th goal of the season in his 12th league appearance to give Antwerp hope again. And a little later, the guests can actually equalize.
Paços de Ferreira lost 2-0 to Vizela to remain unbeaten at the bottom of the table. Toma is in the starting eleven and is replaced after 57 minutes.
Salzburg celebrates a 1-0 win against Klagenfurt and goes into the World Cup break with a six-point lead. Köhn flashed some strong saves and proves once again that he deserves the World Cup team.
In the opening phase, Okafor tests the opponent’s goalkeeper with a shot from 15 meters. After that, not much can be seen of the striker until he is replaced in the 66th minute. It could have been Okafor’s last game for Salzburg. After three goals in the Champions League and seven goals in 14 league games, he should be on the roster of one or the other top league club. At the World Cup, the 22-year-old has another opportunity to present himself on the big stage. The winter transfer window opens in January.
Okoh is still out with a torn cruciate ligament.
Overall, the head of the Graz defense had a good game in the 1-1 draw at LASK. After a hard foul on Wüthrich, the defender goes to the ground and needs treatment. Fortunately, he can keep playing. When conceding a goal, Wüthrich cannot first clear the ball in a decisive manner and then not shoot again.
Ajeti has a chance to score the opening goal right at the start of the match, but within seconds he hits the left post and then the right post. The attacker also lacked luck in the episode, so he was replaced after an hour at 0:1. Ironically, his substitute scores to make it 1:1.
In the 0:1 defeat against Wolfsberg, the striker only got into the game shortly before the end and was unable to add any more accents.
Zagreb celebrates defeating Drmic’s former club Rijeka 7:2. Drmič is in the starting eleven, but he is not among the scorers. After all, he can get an assist.
Galatasaray Istanbul sensationally wins the highest duel of the round over Istanbul BB 7:0. Seferovič cannot contribute anything, he is not used again.
Kayserispor loses to Konyaspor 1:2 Gavranovic loses but is not among the scorers.
The match between Besiktas and Antalyaspor was postponed at short notice due to an explosion near the Besiktas stadium in Istanbul on Sunday, which killed several people.
Captain Gökhan Inler sees zero from the bench against Alanyaspor.
In the 1:1 draw against Trabzonspor, the striker is again not in the lineup.
Celtic beat Ross County 2-1 to go into the World Cup break nine points ahead of Rangers. Siegrist only has the role of backup goalkeeper.