In an interview with blue Sport, Lothar Matthäus revealed who he sees as the favorites for the World Cup in Qatar and what he thinks the Swiss national team can do.
It starts on Sunday. The World Cup finals begin on Sunday at 5pm Swiss time with the opening match between Qatar and Ecuador. The one who knows how to win the tournament is Lothar Matthäus. The 61-year-old became world champion with Germany in Italy in 1990 and hopes to do the same for his compatriots in Qatar.
“I would like Germany to play a better World Cup – maybe with a trophy in hand. Precisely because I have a very friendly relationship with Hansi Flick, we have known each other for over 35 years and played together. I would be happy for him, »says Matthäus in an interview for blue Sport. However, he does not see Germany as the biggest favorite.
“Switzerland doesn’t surprise me”
“In terms of breadth, France has the best position for me. The Brazilians played a great qualification. Messi wants to repeat it with Argentina. Otherwise, of course, you still have Spain, the English, the Belgians – that’s six or seven teams that will probably end up deciding the title between themselves.” However, the African and Asian teams should not be forgotten either. “They all caught up,” Matthäus is convinced.
And Switzerland? “They came through against Italy, they weren’t a bad team either. This shows what Switzerland is capable of,” Matthäus praises, while also knowing: “Of course, this is a group that has everything and is not necessarily one of the favorites.”
Nevertheless, the ex-Bayern from Nati believes in jumping to the knockout stage. “Switzerland doesn’t surprise me. They have their results, they play compactly and very disciplined. They don’t have the best, but they are well filled in every position.”