Arriving in the World Cup 2014 finals comfortably didn’t make Switzerland national side getting over their head as their head coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld, believes that his team are not the favorites to win their upcoming group.
Being placed in group E along with France, Honduras and also Ecuador, the ex-Bayern Munich tactician stated that Les Blues will be the main team to beat, adding that should Swiss managed to overcome Didier Deschamps’ men it will be a big surprise.
“I hope that we’ll still be in the running to qualify when we get to the third game. I hope for a victory against France to get first place in the group. But beating France would really be an enormous surprise, because for me, France remain favorites in the group,” Hitzfeld stated.
An interesting statement indeed from the veteran manager as it could very well a mental tactic to throw away any potential pressure hanging around his players’ shoulders ahead of the upcoming competition.
Although his side may not have many big stars, but names such as Xherdan Shaqiri, Gokhan Inler, Granit Xhaka are quality players, who have shown their value in European football.
Their recent World Cup 2014 qualifier success along with positive results from international friendlies have actually taken them sitting in the top 10 spot of FIFA World rankings, a positive achievement indeed for them.