Switzerland World Cup Team: “Anderi Liga” Podcast about Murat Yakin’s team

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Podcast «Anderi Liga»“Very strong team – but this World Cup team is sloppy”

20 Minutes sports director Tobias Wedermann and NZZ journalist Fabian Ruch warn against getting too euphoric about the World Cup in a new episode of the “Anderi Liga” podcast.

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NZZ football journalist Fabian Ruch (left) and 20 Minutes sports director Tobias Wedermann (right) analyze the Swiss World Cup squad.

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The hosts also discuss the play-off regime in Super League or the behavior of Sion's scandal kicker Mario Balotelli.

The hosts also discuss the play-off regime in Super League or the behavior of Sion’s scandal kicker Mario Balotelli.

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Murat Yakin presented the 26-man Qatar squad on Wednesday.

Murat Yakin presented the 26-man Qatar squad on Wednesday.

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It’s about it

  • In episode 30 of the “Anderi Liga” football podcast, 20-minute sports director Tobias Wedermann and NZZ journalist Fabian Ruch talk about the Swiss World Cup squad.

  • You criticize national coach Murat Yakin because there are few full-backs in the 26-man squad.

  • Both suspect that Yakin made the selection to ensure there was as little unrest as possible in the team.

Murat Yakin presented the Swiss squad for the World Cup in Qatar at the Verkehrshaus Luzern on Wednesday afternoon. Podcasters Tobias Wedermann and Fabian Ruch of course talk mainly about the national team line-up in the latest episode of “Anderi Liga”. The two have a lot of faith in Switzerland, but some of the nominations irritate them.

“Switzerland has a very strong team. But I think it’s a bit careless when he travels to the World Cup with only two real full-backs,” says NZZ journalist Fabian Ruch. “Especially since this time, even 26 and not just 23 footballers could have been called up.” Wedermann also sees a risk if Silvan Widmer or Ricardo Rodriguez get injured. With Kevin Mbabu and Jordan Lotomba out, Yakin will be without two proven players who would be ideal replacements for these positions.

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National team coach Murat Yakin is taking 26 players to the World Cup in Qatar.  There are four goalkeepers in the squad: Yann Sommer (Gladbach),…

National team coach Murat Yakin is taking 26 players to the World Cup in Qatar. There are four goalkeepers in the squad: Yann Sommer (Gladbach),…

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Elvedi before Schär

But Wedermann and Ruch obviously have a lot of confidence in Switzerland at the World Championships. “This is possibly the best national team in history,” Wedermann says. He finds it amazing that Fabian Schär, who has been outstanding at Newcastle this season, could stand behind Nico Elvedi in central defense – if Yakin’s statements are interpreted correctly.

In addition, Wedermann believes that Yakin placed great emphasis on ensuring that there was no unrest in the selection of players. That’s why Wedermann’s dream player Michael Frey is not there. “Yakin has his regular eleven,” the sports director tells 20 minutes. “And he took a lot of footballers who won’t play and won’t cause problems.

Goals and tactics, transfers and riots

Supporting roles for Jashari and Rieder

Ruch, on the other hand, perceives the accumulation of central midfielders as a sign that Yakin could be preparing a tactical surprise at the World Cup. He is happy that Fabian Rieder made the jump to the team. Huge talents Rieder of YB and Ardon Jashari of Lucerne are in Qatar but should not play a significant role.

The individual posts in the Swiss cadre are discussed in detail in the podcast. In addition, Wedermann and Ruch look at the other World Cup teams, talk about the criticism of the Qatar tournament and discuss other highlights that are currently causing heated debate – such as the Super League play-off regime or the behavior of Sion scandal kicker Mario Balotelli.

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